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Did You Know?: Exotic Pets Endanger Kids

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Air date: October 19, 2008


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Did you Know? is presented by Wishard Health Services, becoming Eskenazi Health in 2014.

It's true. Exotic pets can endanger your children.

Thatís according to the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Centers for Disease Control. Experts as those institutions issued a statement warning that reptiles, amphibians, rodents, ferrets and chicks can pass harmful diseases to kids.

For example, reptiles and baby chicks often carry salmonella, bacteria that can cause food poisoning, especially in kids.

Macaque monkeys, meanwhile, carry the Herpes B virus.

And then thereís the danger of being injured by large pets. That cute baby iguana you got last year can grow up to five feet long. And it bites.

If you do keep an exotic pet and have kids, the commonsense approach is to keep the kids away from the pet. The CDC advises that kids should always wash their hands after handling a turtle or baby chick. And donít let kids give exotic pets a hug or a kiss.

And now you know.