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Reptiles and the Risk of Infectious Diseases

Dec 13, 2013 The Health Protection Surveillance Centre have issued the following report and health warning for those with young children or lower immune systems who currently have, or are thinking of getting, a reptile as a pet.Reptiles such as snakes, turtles, tortoises and lizards have become popular as pets. Their appeal is that they are colourful, quiet and generally easy to look after. And their unusual appearance is very appealing to small children. However they require careful handling as they carry a...

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