Not related to work I know, but I read this story in the Guardian today which warns about dangers that exotic pets pose to children’s health.
About 11% of salmonella illnesses in children are thought to stem from contact with lizards, turtles and other reptiles, Pickering said. Hamsters also can carry this germ, which can cause severe diarrhoea, fever and stomach cramps.
Salmonella has also been found in baby chicks, and young children can get it by kissing or touching the animals and then putting their hands in their mouths.
Lizards, reptiles, turtles – ok, ok.. but.. but.. HAMSTERS are dangerous.
For some reason this saddens me.