Why Pets Should not Lick Your Face – Almost all animals can transmit diseases to humans, so keep your pets – and your hands after touching them – away from your mouth!
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If a hug from man’s best friend can warm your heart, a lick on your face can also make you sick. The saliva of a dog carries all kinds of pathogens: for example, Brucella Canis can cause fever and the bacteria Leptospira interrogans can cause a problem of liver and kidneys.
According to a study in the journal Veterinary Microbiology, Capnocytophaga canimorsus, which was present in 74% of dogs, can, although rare in humans, be generally transmitted by bite or scratch.
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Cat lovers praise the delicacy of their little companions, but these animals can carry bacteria responsible for many dangerous diseases. The best known is Bartonella henselae, also known as “cat scratch disease”.According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), it is likely to be transmitted by a scratch made by a kitten to a child under 15 years.
Its most common symptoms include fever and swelling of the lymph nodes. Think twice before smelling your fiery feline: it could scare him and push him to scratch you!
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These popular reptiles are known to be docile and even friendly. Owners of bearded lizards, however, need to be cautious: these small animals may carry two types of Salmonella bacteria, making them responsible for 166 human salmonella cases in several US states between 2012 and 2014, according to the CDC.
Our advice: do not kiss your lizard! And wash your hands thoroughly after handling it.
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Do you like reptiles and think you can avoid diseases by choosing turtles in pocket size? Bad news: small turtles were associated with 166 cases of salmonella between 2012 and 2014.
The biggest leaders were actually the smaller ones, the turtles whose carapace length was less than 10 centimeters. Their sale has been banned since 1975 by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
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If you fear lesions of the heart or brain, you must at all costs avoid cuddling your baby mouse. Despite its adorable little mustachioed face, it represents a considerable danger: the possibility of having the lymphocytic choriomeningitis virus.
The CDC’s Viral Special Pathogens Branch monitored an Indiana lab that was breeding mice after a quarter of its employees showed signs of past or current infection. Fortunately, the virus does not seem to have spread to mice in pet shops.
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It’s unfortunate, but the cutest of all quill-fed mammals are vectors of disease and vulnerable to Salmonella typhimurium, which can spread easily to humans and cause diarrhea and stomach cramps that can last up to 30 minutes. one week.
Documented for the first time in 2011 by the CDC when the bacteria caused 26 cases, a new eruption hit several US states at the end of 2018. The CDC issued this clear warning: “Do not kiss hedgehogs and do not press against yourself. “
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Salmonella enteriditis is like other salmonella strains in terms of the gastrointestinal and feverish symptoms it causes as well as its apparent preference to infect small animals, especially rodents.
This bacterium appeared in guinea pigs in 2015, causing severe diarrhea in 9 people. Conclusion: do not kiss these little creatures either!
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Chicks and ducklings
What is sweeter than these fluffy babies? Almost nothing – and the fact that they can carry pathogens that make you sick seems downright unfair.9 / 11
About 100 species of our bird friends, including cockatoos and parrots, are vulnerable to avian clamydia and can transmit it to humans (who then contract psittacosis).
According to Popular Science popular science magazine, the pathogen lives in the droppings and nasal secretions of birds, and can be caught simply by breathing, which leads to fever, headaches, pneumonia and even vomiting. ‘hepatitis. Remember that you have a better chance of staying healthy if you keep your feathered companions as far away from your face as possible.
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Puppies in pet shops
What could be more cruel than to be told to keep his face away from the languid little tongues of adorable puppies! This is the advice the CDC gave after several people contracted campylobacter infections by handling puppies in several US states starting in 2016.
Campylobacter can cause bloody diarrhea and abdominal pain, but in people with weakened immune systems, it can spread into the bloodstream and become potentially fatal.
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African Dwarf Frogs
If you kiss a frog, not only will you not become a prince, but you may get Salmonella typhimurium.
In the United States, several people were sick to varying degrees between 2009 and 2011 after handling frogs.And even if we do not know if they really tried to kiss their frog, it’s not the only way to catch germs.
Experts therefore recommend that you always wash your hands after playing with any animal or having cleaned their habitat.