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Pet Rodents and Disease

The 2007 U.S. Pet Ownership & Demographics Sourcebook reported that there are almost 9.5 million pocket pets in the United States, including hamsters, guinea pigs, rabbits, and ferrets. The popularity of theses animals has risen over the years because they are relatively low-maintenance and provide both adults and children with hours of fun. However, animals like hamsters, guinea pigs, and other rodents can pose a threat to humans, as they can transfer diseases like the lymphocytic choriomeningitis virus (LCMV), which can make people very sick.

If you or a loved one has contracted an illness or a disease after coming in contact with someone else’s pet rodent, you may be eligible for financial compensation for your medical bills and other related expenses. Contact the Sheboygan personal injury lawyers of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ® at (920) 459-8000 for more information.

Causes of Rodent Diseases

The most common carrier of LCMV is a house mouse that many people have as pets. Approximately five percent of mice in the United States carry the disease. Other rodents like hamsters and guinea pigs can become infected at pet stores, breeders’ residences, and even at a person’s home. Most people contract LCMV from rodents by coming into contact with any of the following:

  • Urine or droppings
  • Saliva
  • Nesting materials

If you or a member of your family contracts LCMV or another condition from another party’s pet rodent, you may be eligible for compensation.

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For more information on pursuing compensation against a negligent pet owner, contact the Sheboygan personal injury lawyers of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ® at (920) 459-8000 and schedule a free consultation.