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Health Tip: Prevent Disease From Pets

Health Tip: Prevent Disease From Pets

12/18/12

(HealthDay News) -- Household pets can carry germs that can be transmitted to people.

The American Academy of Family Physicians offers these suggestions to help prevent the problem:

  • Avoid touching animal waste. Carefully and thoroughly wash your hands after cleaning up from pet waste.
  • Don't let children play in uncovered outdoor sandboxes in public areas, which may have been contaminated with animal waste.
  • Don't kiss pets on the mouth.
  • If you are pregnant or have a compromised immune system, do not clean cat litter boxes or touch reptiles.
  • If you have a pet reptile, keep the cage clean. Always wash hands after handling the reptile or anything in its cage.
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Please be aware that this information is provided to supplement the care provided by your physician. It is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. CALL YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER IMMEDIATELY IF YOU THINK YOU MAY HAVE A MEDICAL EMERGENCY. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.

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