Frogs likely cause of infection in 2 NE kids

Health officials say pet African frogs likely were the source of infection for two Nebraska children last year.

Jeanne Atkinson of the state Department of Health and Human Services said that neither of the children was hospitalized and that both were under 10 years old.

One case was in Douglas County, the other in Cass County. The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said earlier this month that African dwarf frogs were being blamed for salmonella cases in nearly 220 people in 41 states over the past two years.

A California breeder has been linked to the frogs and the infections. Turtles, snakes and chicks also can carry salmonella. Salmonella symptoms include diarrhea, fever and abdominal cramps.