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Keys to preventing Salmonella transmission:

The public should be aware that rodents could carry organisms potentially harmful to humans and that rodent feces are potentially infectious.

  • Wash hands after handling an animal, its cage or its bedding.
  • Animals should not be allowed into any area where food is prepared.
  • Do not eat while touching or playing with your pets.
  • Do not touch your pets and then touch you fingers to your mouth, nose or eyes.
  • Children should always be supervised for the above sanitary practices when handling their pets. Young children who are unable to reliably wash their hands should avoid contact with rodent feces.