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.