December 13, 2011

You've Been Warned: Don't Sleep with Pets

Maryn McKenna, Wired


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The most numerous and passionate comments I’ve ever gotten here were responses — OK, vituperation and denunciations — to a post describing how a Pacific Northwest family caught plague from their dogs’ fleas.

So I’ll be over in the corner donning a flame-resistant bio-suit — because  it turns out that, when it comes to pets on the bed, plague is not the only health risk. It’s one of many, along with hookworm, roundworm, MRSA, rabies, Chagas disease, Pasteurella, cat scratch fever, Capnocytophaga, Cryptosporidium and Cheyletiella. Oh, and bites.

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TAGGED: Cats, Dogs, Pets, Infectious Disease

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