Kids and Pets: CDC Advice for Staying Healthy and Happy

Tuesday, October 7, 2008 General News J E 4

ATLANTA, Oct. 6 CDC experts caution parents, pediatricians, and veterinarians to be aware of the risks that exotic animals and pets can pose to children. A study released in Pediatrics' October issue outlined the diseases that can be transmitted to children when they come in contact with reptiles, rodents, mammals, birds, amphibians, non-human primates and fish. Many families own non-traditional pets, and children may encounter animals at petting zoos, farms and pet stores. Parents are urged to talk to the family veterinarian or pediatrician to learn how to ensure that their child's experience with animals is both safe and enjoyable.

Diseases and injuries associated with non-traditional pets and wildlife:

Pediatricians, veterinarians and parents play an important role in preventing animal-related illness.

To read the full text of the article, including expanded lists of animals, diseases, and prevention advice, click here: ( More information on this subject can be found at

Reptiles (e.g., turtles, lizards, snakes, etc.) Salmonella infection Rodents (e.g., hamsters, rates, mice, gerbils, guinea pigs, squirrels, etc.) Salmonella infection, plague, rabies Fish Mycobacterium, Aeromonas, Vibrio, Salmonella, and Streptococcus infections Cattle E. coli infection Goats Cryptosporidium and E. coli infections, rabies Baby poultry (e.g., chicks, ducklings, etc.) Salmonella infection Ferrets Bite injuries

SOURCE Centers for Disease Control and Prevention


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