Originally Posted by Zouave
>> Even though the chances are relatively low that you will exposed to any of them <<
Yea, about the same as winning the State lottery.
This is a really old story discussed online, jeez, a year or more ago.
But if you are a pregnant female, and believe in extraordinarily horrible luck, either have your hamster (et al) tested, or find them a good temporary home until the pergnancy ends.
Zouave, I'm puzzled by the dismissive tone of your post? Do you have a problem with people being aware of the riskes of zoonotics associated with pets? Especially with something as important as birth defects?
Since you seem to be an authority on statistics, exactly what ARE the odds the state lottery vs. infection by LCMV? I would assume that the odds of either are relatively small, ...but what IS significant, is the enormity of the risks. Ask a few pediatricians or obstreticians what THEIR opinion is of the risks.
I'm not a real smart guy, but you don't have to be a rocket scientist to know that if I don't win the lottery I'm just out a buck. If a woman has a child with birth defects (...that could have been prevented) that's a lifetime committment.
You act like this is old news, so it's no longer important. If you take the trouble to check back, the original discussion regarding LCMV was about it's risk and effect on immuno-compromised individuals.
The link I posted above (if you bothered to check it out) was a new site put up the week I posted it here, by the CDC. If you have a problem with my posting this or other warnings, why not take it up with Jade, the CDC or PM me. ...but don't just blow it off like you know what you're talking about
....when you don't.