American scientists named the most dangerous pet
The most dangerous pet
American scientists have come to the conclusion that one of the most dangerous animals is… a turtle! No, water red-turtle – cute and kind animals, which are very fond of children, but they are carriers of deadly human diseases. How not to get a pet and maintain your health and life?
Nowadays many people want to have at home an exotic pet: prestigious and fashionable, and the most interesting.
Especially in this plan to “get” turtles, especially red.This kind of massively turtles sold in pet stores and shops.
Young turtles the size of 5-6 cm are happy to buy the kids for fun, unaware that the animal can conceal a deadly threat to the life and health of the child.
But dangerous turtle is not like the wily beast it is all right. Have a good and harmless animal danger lurks inside the turtle is a distributor of Salmonella – acute intestinal infection. The disease is deadly and is especially severe in children.
Unbelievable but true: 90% of outbreaks of salmonellosis recorded in the U.S. for just a year, were caused by contact with pet turtles. And sick, as a rule, children, kuorietana contact with these animals than adults.
They also found that a dangerous infection is kept in custody turtles (aquarium, terrarium, etc.), even after the turtles escaped. So better to be safe and the turtles not to have, experts say.
Currently the main sources of Salmonella are poultry, eggs, meat and unpasteurized milk. In 15-20% of cases, Salmonella can be caught from domestic animals: reptiles – about 90%; dogs – 10-27%; cats – 1-13%; ferrets and birds.
Experts estimate that reptiles, such as lizards, snakes and turtles found in 3% of American families, and, in children, the most popular turtle. It should be noted that homemade turtles are so infected with salmonellosis children that in the USA in 1975 has banned the sale of turtles less than 10 cm long. This measure was taken to protect children for whom little turtles are bought most frequently.
However, the risk of infection in people and especially children by Salmonella from reptiles data is stored.
It should be noted that infection of children often occurs even when the child and is not in contact with the turtle, but due to hygiene errors caregivers.
How to protect yourself and your children from Contracting Salmonella? You must strictly follow the rules of keeping reptiles in the home:
Pets reptiles should be kept away from kitchens and other areas for cooking.
Reptiles should not roam freely around the house.
Kitchen sinks should not be used to wash reptiles, their dishes, cages and aquariums. If tub is used, after it must be subjected to disinfection by chlorine-containing agents.
After contact with reptiles and their cage, wash hands with soap and water.
Persons belonging to the group of increased risk of infection, or who may potentially develop serious complications of infection (e.g. children under 5 years of age and persons with compromised immune systems) should avoid contact with reptiles and not to have them as Pets.
Families expecting the birth of a child should remove the reptile from the home before the onset of this event.
Sellers of pet stores, vets and doctors must provide to owners and potential purchasers of reptiles information on the risk of Contracting Salmonella from them.
Reptiles should not be kept in childcare centres and preschool groups.