Is It Safe For Hamster Urine To Be Accidentally Touched By Pregnant Women?
Hello, I just learned that I was 5 weeks pregnant and when I was cleaning a hamster cage containing 7 animals my pet hamster accidentally took out urine in my hand, when I wanted to move its position. After that incident I immediately washed my hands because I was worried that the urine of the hamster was dangerous to my womb. My question was whether the hamster’s urine was dangerous if it was in direct contact with pregnant women? And do I need to check to see if I have been infected with a virus? thank you
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We understand the concerns that you feel. Pregnancy aged 3 to 8 weeks is a condition that must be maintained properly because at that age the formation of fetal organs is going on. Pets such as cats, dogs, mice, hamsters can be at risk of transmitting the disease to both pregnant and non-pregnant women. Various infectious diseases caused by viruses, bacteria and parasites can be transmitted through these pets.
The possibility of the virus you are referring to is lymphocytic choriomeningitis virus (LCMV) which can be transmitted through faeces and urine from animals such as hamsters or mice. But please note that diseases caused by the virus are quite rare. Although the case is quite rare, but the virus can cross the fetal placenta and cause disruption / disability in the fetus.
You do not need to worry, the virus is generally obtained from wild mice or animals that are not clean. Hamsters can get it from mice that contain the virus. As long as you maintain the cleanliness of your pet and do not encounter any visible interference in the animal's body, you do not need to feel too worried.
So that you get more complete information, we recommend consulting directly to an obstetrician. Perform regular control and examination with ultrasound can assess the presence or absence of interference and development in the fetus. Avoid direct contact with animals during pregnancy, and fulfill your pregnancy nutrition properly.
Thus the information we can convey, hopefully helps