Ashley Meeks of the Las Cruces Sun-News reported that 10-year-old Eric Spagnola was hospitalized for nearly a week and was hooked up to IVs. His stool test came back positive for salmonella.
According to Meeks, Spagnola’s mother’s boyfriend keeps a python. More than 90 percent of reptiles carry the salmonella bacteria, according to the L.A. County health department – though tracking it down to a source will be nearly impossible.
Salmonella can damage organs and kills a reported 400 people a year in the U.S.
So, other than not having a python, what are your options?
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