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Pocket Pets and Salmonella

 
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Purr



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PostPosted: Mon Jun 06, 2005 11:20 am    Post subject: Pocket Pets and Salmonella Reply with quote

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

Arrow 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.

Arrow When cleaning up droppings from your pet, always wash your hands thoroughly afterwards.

Arrow Do not eat food or smoke while handling your pet.

Arrow Do not handle pets in food preparation areas.

Arrow Do not kiss your pet or hold it close to your mouth.

Source: Center for Disease Control website
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bmason



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PostPosted: Fri Aug 05, 2005 6:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I can't think of anyone carrying a pet in their pocket. It seems inhumane to me.

Some of that should be taken into account when handling non-pocket pets to.
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