Can rats catch a human cold?

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Can rats catch a human cold?

Post by Whinging Courie » Wed, 22 Nov 2006 02:03:57



As subject really..
 
 
 

Can rats catch a human cold?

Post by Trace » Wed, 22 Nov 2006 04:11:56



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> As subject really..

As far as I know, no, rats can't catch a human cold virus.

Tracey

 
 
 

Can rats catch a human cold?

Post by April & Stewar » Wed, 22 Nov 2006 05:39:36



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>> As subject really..

> As far as I know, no, rats can't catch a human cold virus.

> Tracey

I was told agessssss ago that rats can catch human colds and flu's????

April

 
 
 

Can rats catch a human cold?

Post by Whinging Courie » Wed, 22 Nov 2006 14:21:04


In alt.pets.rodents.rats, April & Stewart belched forth and ejected the
following:

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> >> As subject really..

> > As far as I know, no, rats can't catch a human cold virus.

> > Tracey

> I was told agessssss ago that rats can catch human colds and flu's????

Oh well. Only one way to find out. I've got a real stinker.
 
 
 

Can rats catch a human cold?

Post by Trace » Wed, 22 Nov 2006 19:57:39




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>>> As subject really..

>> As far as I know, no, rats can't catch a human cold virus.

>> Tracey

> I was told agessssss ago that rats can catch human colds and flu's????

> April

Ok, just been off and looked this up!  This is what is written in one
reliable webite on rats:
"Rarely, some viruses can cause respiratory symptoms in rats, but they can't
get the common cold or any cold that a human has. the most common cause of
respiratory illness in rats in bacterial infection. You can pass certain
strep bacteria to your rat and it is always a good idea to wash your hands
before and after handling your rat whether you are sick or not."

And this is what the very rat knowledgable Paghat posted about rats and
human colds a few years ago on this newsgroup:

Most information about zoonotic diseases are what we can get from them
rather than what we can give them. There are many things we can give to
pets, but where rats are concerned, the common viral cold is NOT one of
these.

What is generically referred to as "myco" is rarely diagnosed by a vet &
is probably not myco which all rats have subclinically & which does not
ordinarily become an active lung infection until & unless the rat has been
compromised by other respiratory diseases beforehand. Many viral or
bacterial infections look like colds, but none of these infections can be
gotten from humans who have a cold.

There are several bacterial infections humans can carry from a sick animal
to a healthy one, without strict hygiene between cages or specimens, but
that is still really animal to animal. When rats "catch cold" it is
invariably a different bug than humans have when we catch colds, flus, or
pneumonias. There are human myco veneral infections but these are not the
same as the myco rats as a rule carry subclinically.

There are the unlikely but not totally impropbable exceptions:
Streptococcus pneumoniae can cause lung disease in rats & in humans who've
had splenectemies or are elderly. So presumedly if you have a strep-based
pneumonia because you are a feeb with your spleen removed, you can give
your lung infection to a rat by sneezing on it or letting it drink out of
your mouth, especially if your rat had a splenectemy too.

Or: Sporothrix schenckii, which manifests as a granular skin disease, can
occasionally cause pneumonia & pass between rats & people though more
likely from horses or dogs.

In neither of those possible but improbable exceptions are we talking
about the common cold, & very likely you couldn't pass these harsh
illnesses to your rats because you doctor wouldn't let you have your rats
in the hospital you'll be in hoping not to die.

We CAN give our rats salmonella so if you're suffering from food
poisoning, don't handle the rats. Or we can give them staph infections
which are dreadful. Children with sores should not handle rats, not only
for their own sake of having a sore infected by the rat, but for the rats'
sakes of not getting an infection from the child. We could also give our
rats ringworms (as easily as they could give it to us). Many
parasite-carried diseases we can spread as easily as can any mother animal
-- tick & flea-born diseases most notoriously, also a few internal
parasites if we're eating rat turds or letting the rats eat ours.

Practically speaking, only salmonella, staph, ringworm, & trichophyton
fungus are easy for us to give rats (& vis versa; also to most any other
pets we may have).

 
 
 

Can rats catch a human cold?

Post by April & Stewar » Wed, 22 Nov 2006 22:21:48


that was very interesting and I guess that from your research which looks
very thoughor, rats cannot catch the human cold. Got to say I don't envisage
eating rat poo or allowing my boys to eat our poop so that one should be
safe, ewwww. Thanks for that though, very interesting.

April

 
 
 

Can rats catch a human cold?

Post by Joann » Wed, 22 Nov 2006 22:37:49


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> As subject really..

My rats have never become sick after me or any member of my family
having a cold.

--
Joanne
Owned by 20 rats.
Webshots: http://community.webshots.com/user/joanneb70

-------------------------------------------------------
~Ignorance is not innocence but sin. *Robert Browning*

 
 
 

Can rats catch a human cold?

Post by Whinging Courie » Sun, 26 Nov 2006 16:18:27


In alt.pets.rodents.rats, Tracey belched forth and ejected the
following:

Quote:
> Ok, just been off and looked this up!  This is what is written in one
> reliable webite on rats:
> "Rarely, some viruses can cause respiratory symptoms in rats, but they can't
> get the common cold or any cold that a human has. the most common cause of
> respiratory illness in rats in bacterial infection. You can pass certain
> strep bacteria to your rat and it is always a good idea to wash your hands
> before and after handling your rat whether you are sick or not."

***.

My white one's sounding very clogged up this morning and is making a
coughing/sneezing noise.

Poor little sod :(

 
 
 

Can rats catch a human cold?

Post by jo_monkeyl.. » Wed, 06 Dec 2006 02:31:18


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> My white one's sounding very clogged up this morning and is making a
> coughing/sneezing noise.

> Poor little sod :(

the only virus that ratties can catch from humanc is strep throat as
far as i know... your little one may need a trip to the vets if he/she
continues to sound like this ;)