Human diseases?

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Human diseases?

Post by ZDP-189 » Tue Nov 29, 2011 6:19 am

My daughter has hand, foot and mouth. Are the rats at risk?

While I'm asking, are there any other diseases the rats can get from us?

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Re: Human diseases?

Post by acapae_wolf » Tue Nov 29, 2011 10:09 am

Over in the UK, there's no much that you really need to be aware of other than staph./ strep./ other skin infections being transmissable. However skin infections are bacterial, so once you're on steroids the risk to your pets is negligible. I have no idea on the diseases that may be around in Hong Kong otherwise.

I don't know about risks to your rats at the minute though. I'd probably be more careful with interactions than usual (though it is a virus I think?), but I don't actually know.
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Re: Human diseases?

Post by neotoma » Tue Nov 29, 2011 10:48 am

acapae_wolf wrote:However skin infections are bacterial,
Some are fungal - pretty sure ringworm can travel both ways, although in my expereince it frequently doesn't.

No idea about hand, foot and mouth, but as it is known to be transmissable between humans and other animals, I'd say caution is the best bet.

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Re: Human diseases?

Post by acapae_wolf » Tue Nov 29, 2011 10:59 am

Yeah, i came back to edit that in but it had been over 15mins :oops:
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Re: Human diseases?

Post by ZDP-189 » Tue Nov 29, 2011 1:18 pm

HFMD is a virus and I can find nothing linking it to rats, including no medical studies conducted on rodents. I agree caution is recommended.

HFMD should not be confused with FMD which I believe can infect rats.

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Re: Human diseases?

Post by flash-gordonette » Tue Nov 29, 2011 4:32 pm

Don't know about in rats, but wanted to wish your daughter a speedy recovery :luck:

I had Hand, Foot and Mouth when I was little and my throat was so sore I lived off tinned spaghetti and Cornish Icecream for a week! :lol:

(Also, the Mother wasn't impressed with me telling everyone I had "Foot and Mouth" :oops: )
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Re: Human diseases?

Post by Siana » Tue Nov 29, 2011 4:35 pm

According to the CDC website, it can't be spread to animals: http://www.cdc.gov/hand-foot-mouth/index.html
Hand, foot, and mouth disease is often confused with foot-and-mouth disease, a disease of cattle, sheep, and swine. However, the two diseases are caused by different viruses and are not related. Humans do not get the animal disease, and animals do not get the human disease.
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Hand, foot, and mouth disease is not transmitted to or from pets or other animals.

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