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|Posted: Mon Jun 06, 2005 11:20 am Post subject: Pocket Pets and Salmonella
|What are Pocket Pets?
The term "pocket pets" refers to small animals, often rodents that are kept as pets and could fit in your pocket. Pocket pets may include rats, mice, rabbits, gerbils, hamsters, guinea pigs, and ferrets.
Salmonella from Pocket Pets
The Salmonella germ is actually a group of bacteria that can cause diarrheal illness in humans. They are microscopic living creatures that pass from the feces of people or animals, to other people or other animals. Animals can carry this germ and not appear to be ill. Pocket pets may spread Salmonella to people.
Tips for Preventing Salmonella from Pocket Pets
Washing hands with soap and water after handling pets or their cages and bedding is the most important thing you can do to reduce the risk of Salmonella transmission.
When cleaning up droppings from your pet, always wash your hands thoroughly afterwards.
Do not eat food or smoke while handling your pet.
Do not handle pets in food preparation areas.
Do not kiss your pet or hold it close to your mouth.
Source: Center for Disease Control website