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21 January 2011

Pets may pass on illnesses to owners

Sleeping with or being licked by dogs or cats can be conduit for disease, experts warn. Even seemingly healthy pets can carry parasites, bacteria or viruses that cause mild to life-threatening illness in people.

You might want to think twice before snuggling in bed at night with Fido or Fluffy. According to a report published in the public health journal Emerging Infectious Diseases, seemingly healthy pets can carry parasites, bacteria or viruses that cause mild to life-threatening illness in people.

"Having a pet in the bed is not a good idea," he said.

Diseases from sleeping with a pet

 
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