Since April 1, 2009, the CDC and local health departments have been investigating a national outbreak of Salmonella associated with aquatic frogs, specifically African dwarf frogs. In Virginia there have been 11 cases associated with this outbreak.
More information on this specific outbreak can be found at: http://www.cdc.gov/salmonella/water-frogs-0411/index.html.
This outbreak serves as a reminder that all amphibians as well as reptiles can carry Salmonella. To reduce your risk of acquiring Salmonella from aquatic frogs, the CDC recommends:
Additional information about reducing the risk of acquiring Salmonella while caring for your amphibian (and reptile) can be found on the CDC website: http://www.cdc.gov/Features/SalmonellaFrogTurtle/
or on the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) website: http://www.avma.org/public_health/salmonella/amphibians.asp
If you feel that you can no longer take care of your amphibian and/or reptile, please visit: http://www.uga.edu/separc/UnwantedPets/index.htm or http://www.parcplace.org/images/stories/pdfs/DontTurn.pdf
Information about owning and selling African dwarf frogs is available on the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries’ updated regulations (effective January 1, 2011) at http://leg1.state.va.us/cgi-bin/legp504.exe?000+reg+4VAC15-30-40. VDGIF contact info can be found at http://www.dgif.virginia.gov/about/offices/.More information on Salmonella: http://www.cdc.gov/salmonella/