Etiology: Salmonella enterica are Gram-negative, lactose-negative, aerobic, non-lactose fermenting, H2S-producing rods. Salmonella enterica serovar Typhimurium and S. enterica serovar Enteritidishave been isolated.
Transmission: Salmonellae are transmitted by ingestion through direct contact with contaminated feces, food, or fomites.
Public Health Significance: Man can contract Salmonella from infected rabbits [2, 3].
Please see rabbit Bacterial Diseases for more detailed information.
2. Lim, J.J., et al., Prevalence of Lawsonia intracellularis, Salmonella spp. and Eimeria spp. in healthy and diarrheic pet rabbits. J Vet Med Sci, 2012. 74(2): p. 263-5.
3. Outbreak of multidrug-resistant Salmonella typhimurium associated with rodents purchased at retail pet stores–United States, December 2003-October 2004. MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep, 2005. 54(17): p. 429-33.