Can hamsters disease affects or make human sick? Or dog? For many years, it is often assumed that hamsters are safe as pets. Is that true? It is for the fact that this species is genetically close to mice. As you know, mice consider spreading diseases to humans and other animals’ including dogs. Here is the explanation.
Some Diseases Transmitted by Rodents
Hamster is included in the rodent types. It means that this animal has the same potentials to suffer and transmit several kinds of diseases. So, what are the diseases? First, here is plague. It is a sort of infection cause by Yersinia pestis bacteria and it is spread by rat fleas. This disease is transmitted via the bite of flea and the bite of other animals that have been infected. In the worse case, even a little contact can also transmit the plague. Historically, the animals with plagues are only rats and mice, not hamsters. However, there is a high chance that hamsters can be the transmitter for the similar arrangement of body tissues. The symptoms for human that are suffered from this disease are nausea, vomit, diarrhea, and wound on the mouth area. The animals with plagues have the same symptoms as well plus bad fur conditions.
Next, it is Leptospirosis caused by Leptospira bacteria which is in the form of spiral. It attacks human and animals. From some case studies, mice are the main reservoir of this disease. Particularly, it is when urine is mixed into the clear water and you use it for daily activities. Similar to the plague, hamsters also have a big chance to suffer this disease although the cases are really few. This disease can be detected around a week or more after the first contact.
The third disease is Lymphotytic choriomeningitis (LCM). It is a sort of viral infection attacking the brain and membrane around as well as the spinal cord. Different from two diseases mentioned before, there are already many cases of this disease transmitted by hamsters. LCM is caused by virus with the same name and house mice and hamsters are the main carrier. The symptoms of this disease is fever, headache, cough, nausea, vomit, muscle ache, joint pain, chest pain, and the feeling like when you have influenza. Well, if you have hamsters and your family members show those symptoms, it is much better to check the condition as soon as possible.
How to Prevent the Diseases
Sure, if you love keeping hamsters, you must not be afraid of those disease possibilities. There are many ways to make your hamsters free from bacteria and virus that cause the diseases. First, make sure you always clean the house. It is important since the bacteria and virus must multiply in the area that is dirty and moist. Second, make sure that there is no other rodent like rats or mice in your house that can transmit their diseases to your pets. Third, wash your hands after contacting with hamsters. Besides, make sure that the hamsters have their own wares and stuff that are not used by the owners.
So, can hamsters’ disease affect or make a human sick? Or dog? Yes, they are.