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Worldwide: Captive Sea Turtles May Pose Health Risks to Humans

By Larry Habegger and Laurie Weed | Permalink | No Comments | February 13th, 2013 | Trackback

A recent report warns tourists not to touch—or eat—sea turtles raised in captivity, as they may pose serious health risks to humans. An extensive case study performed at a large turtle farm in Grand Cayman found that captive turtles, including those raised for food, carry bacteria, fungi and parasites that can be readily transmitted to humans, causing flu-like symptoms, respiratory illnesses, and more serious conditions such as pneumonia and meningitis. Sea turtles in their natural environment do not pose a disease risk to humans, although, as with all wildlife, direct contact should be avoided for the turtles’ protection.





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