According to the recent study by the CDC, sleeping with pets presents the highest risk of zoonotic infections, which are described as infections passed from pets to people. The study cites the plague, cat-scratch disease, meningitis and bacterial infections, among others, as the top ailments passed on from our furry friends. Most reported cases of zoonotic infections have been seen in human-pet interactions that involve transfer of oral bacterial from pets and open wounds. Some causes of disease exchange are due to the critters that take up residence on our pet's, fur like fleas and ticks.
As with any risk of contracting disease, young children, the elderly and people with weak immune systems should refrain from any activity that carries potential health risks. For the average pet owner, preventing zoonotic infections is simple. Follow these tips to keep your worries at bay:
If you love sleeping with your pets, don’t let this study deter you. Yes, there are documented risks involved; however, there have been only a few reported cases of serious illness due to zoonotic infection and even fewer cases of death. The study by the CDC does point out that healthy pets provide very little cause for concern of contracting diseases from our four-legged buddies. A good rule of thumb for all pet owners: Healthy pets make healthy homes.
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