Exotic Pets Cause High Health Risks To Children

A report that was published in the October issue of Pediatrics has led many doctors to believe that exotic pets (rodents, reptiles, monkeys, etc.) may pose very real health risks to children and should be kept away from them. They believe that many of these animals could spread many diseases to children because they have weak immune systems.

Many of the exotic pets that doctors are worried about are monkeys, hamsters, turtles, and other of the same kind. The health report was released by the American Academy of Pediatrics. It urges parents to learn about the high risk factors and what can happen with children are exposed to them.

Many of the health risks include potential allergies and infectious diseases. Since 1992 the report states that the number of exotic pets in the U.S. has increased to 75%. Many of these pets were imported illegally in the U.S. and this can introduce newer diseases that are more seroius and harder to treat.

October 6th, 2008 • tonks • News and Opinion Comments Off

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