Public Health Implications of Imported Reptiles (1438)
Public and Corporate Practice |  Preventive Medicine
Saturday |  5:00 PM -  5:50 PM
Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center||217D



Megin Nichols DVM, MHP, DACVPM
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Presentation Info

CE Credit(s): 1.00
CE Level: 1


Many different genera of live reptiles and eggs are imported into the United States annually. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) regulates the import of freshwater turtles, tortoises, and terrapins with carapaces less than 4 inches in diameter while U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services (USFWS) regulates all reptile imports. The CDC performed a descriptive analyses of reptile imports (Jan 1, 2010 – Dec 31, 2014) using USFWS reptile import data. This analyses was used to guide public health recommendations and provide insight for potential regulatory and policy revisions.

Learning Objectives

1. Participants should understand the potential risk of infectious disease transmission from imported reptiles

2. Participants should understand what variables (e.g., country of export, genus, and reason for import) might result in increased risk for Salmonella sp. (including antimicrobial resistant) transmission