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Can a child around the age of 6yrs old, get sick from handling animals like hamsters, geckos, etc...?

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry
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In brief: Yes

Hamsters can directly or indirectly transmit Rabies, Tularemia, Salmonellosis, Lymphocytic choriomeningitis virus, Dermatophytosis (ringworm, dermatomycosis), Rodentolepiasis and Hymenolepiasis (tapeworms).

In brief: Yes

Hamsters can directly or indirectly transmit Rabies, Tularemia, Salmonellosis, Lymphocytic choriomeningitis virus, Dermatophytosis (ringworm, dermatomycosis), Rodentolepiasis and Hymenolepiasis (tapeworms).
Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Dr. Thomas Riney
Pediatrics
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In brief: Yes

Simple hand washing with soap and water after handling will give ample protection from most infections but reptiles are known to carry salmonella, and younger kids will stick their fingers in their mouths before you can wash them for them.

In brief: Yes

Simple hand washing with soap and water after handling will give ample protection from most infections but reptiles are known to carry salmonella, and younger kids will stick their fingers in their mouths before you can wash them for them.
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