This thing about about brain eating bugs brought back a thought about a source of salmonela problems. When I was in Bermuda I stopped at a museum where they had an exhibit which discussed wildlife in Bermuda. Rats had driven the settlers out of Bermuda and apparently were still a problem as I saw a animal control officer putting rat traps down by the old walls. Another problem they are concerned about is turtles. There was a sign warning citizens not to release turtles. I wasn't sure about the problem they caused but i ran across a story about turtles being a source of salmonella infections..
“Since 1975, it has been illegal in the United States to sell or distribute small turtles with shells that measure less than 4 inches in length. This ban, enforced by the FDA , likely remains the most effective public health action to prevent Salmonella infections associated with turtles.” -Tom Chiller MD, MPH, Deputy Branch Chief, Mycotic Diseases Branch, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
“Many people don't know that turtles and other reptiles can carry harmful germs that can make people very sick. For this reason, turtles and other reptiles might not be the best pets for your family, especially if there are children 5-years-old and younger or people with weakened immune systems living in your home.” -Casey Barton Behravesh DVM, DrPH, Deputy Branch Chief, Outbreak Response and Prevention Branch, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
I would never have thought thaat a turtle could be a carrier of harmful germs.