Doctors: No hamsters or exotic pets for young kids

Oct 06, 2008 By LINDSEY TANNER , AP Medical Writer

(AP) -- Warning: young children should not keep hedgehogs as pets - or hamsters, baby chicks, lizards and turtles, for that matter - because of risks for disease.



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Sirussinder
5 / 5 (2) Oct 06, 2008

WARNING:
Young children, and adults should not breath the air, it contains lots of nasty stuff that will make you sick. Breathing unfiltered air can carry germs, which can cause severe diarrhea, fever and stomach cramps.

Those who already have breathed the air should contact their doctors about specific risks. American Breath Air Association is researching and making it possible to provide new bubble homes for young children and adults who need to breath.

On the Net:

American Academy of Unfiltered Air Society.
American Breath Air Association

SUBdiversity
not rated yet Oct 06, 2008
Well said Sirussinder, spot on!.
I don't know about you but I'm off to buy an industrial sized roll of cotton wool first thing tomorrow morning!.
Did Professor Obvious and his braindead assistants have nothing better to do last week.
I'm really beginning to wonder about Physorg.Com for listing this article.
GaryB
not rated yet Oct 07, 2008
So far, living has a 100% fatality rate ... I haven't worked out the math, but my training in the physical sciences leads me to believe that this is not good odds.

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