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Do hamsters carry diseases that are harmful to humans?
13 doctors weighed in

Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry
8 doctors agree
In brief: Rare but can happen.
Hamsters can directly or indirectly transmit Rabies, Tularemia, Salmonellosis, Lymphocytic choriomeningitis virus, Dermatophytosis (ringworm, dermatomycosis), Rodentolepiasis and Hymenolepiasis (tapeworms).

In brief: Rare but can happen.
Hamsters can directly or indirectly transmit Rabies, Tularemia, Salmonellosis, Lymphocytic choriomeningitis virus, Dermatophytosis (ringworm, dermatomycosis), Rodentolepiasis and Hymenolepiasis (tapeworms).
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Dr. Heidi Fowler
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David Escobar
Family Medicine
5 doctors agree
In brief: Rare, but possible
Any household pet can potentially pass along a disease to humans (zoonoses).
However, hamsters are usually relatively benign in this regard; the biggest concern from hamsters regards bites and allergies to their dander. Guinea pigs are known to be carriers of the causative agent of salmonella sometimes. It is always a good idea to wash one's hands after handling a pet (including dogs).

In brief: Rare, but possible
Any household pet can potentially pass along a disease to humans (zoonoses).
However, hamsters are usually relatively benign in this regard; the biggest concern from hamsters regards bites and allergies to their dander. Guinea pigs are known to be carriers of the causative agent of salmonella sometimes. It is always a good idea to wash one's hands after handling a pet (including dogs).
David Escobar
David Escobar
Answer assisted by David Escobar, Medical Student
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