Tuesday, March 6, 2007

My teddy bear hamster bit me... will I have rabies?


The subject of rabies inevitably comes up whenever an individual is bitten by a hamster and because hamster bites are so common. Hamsters are not natural hosts of this virus. Therefore, the only way that a hamster could become infected with the rabies virus is to become exposed to infected saliva from a natural host of the virus (skunk, fox, bat, etc.). This is highly unlikely, since hamsters are almost exclusively indoor pets. http://www.ahc.umn.edu/rar/MNAALAS/Hamsters.html

Oh thank goodness! I won't have rabies.

By the way do you have some cheese?

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