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Salmonella from pet snake

28th March 2008

A three-month old baby in Birmingham may have caught salmonella from her family's pet snake, according to her mother.

Gabriella Vry became ill and was diagnosed with salmonella at the age of 14 weeks. Mrs Vry said she thought her daughter could have been passed the disease by her son after he handled the snake. In the past, Labour's chief medical officer has cautioned that the bacterial infection can be picked up by touching pet snakes.

 


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