Belfast Telegraph

Exotic pets causing human illness

People who own exotic pets are putting their heath at risk, scientists have claimed in the wake of the recent upsurge in pet owners turning to lizards and snakes all over Ireland.

A report by the Emergent Disease Foundation has warned that diseases passed from reptiles to humans are often mistaken by GPs for normal ailments like flu, which scientists fear can result in inappropriate treatment and even death.

The report revealed that 61% of human diseases can be linked to animals while 75% of emerging human diseases have a wild animal link, with some diseases even being mistaken for MS.

Advising against owning exotic animals unless accompanied by “excellent monitoring for diseases” the report states: “We have no reservation in stating that by far the greatest potential threat to human health resides with the trade in and keeping of exotic animal pets.”

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