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Post by Kate B on Sat 21 Jan 2017, 9:45 am

I read online somewhere that it's possible to pass some human sicknesses to mice. Last night I developed some kind of cold or flu or something, with coughing, some congestion, aches, chills. Should I wait to handle my mice until I'm feeling better? Or can I just be careful about washing my hands and not coughing on them?

I'd hate to just leave them in their cages all day. I'm worried they'll get bored. But I definitely don't want to put their health at risk. What do you guys do?

Thanks!

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Post by CallaLily on Sat 21 Jan 2017, 10:35 am

I don't know for certain that a cold could be passed from you to your mice but it doesn't hurt anything to make sure to wash your hands before (and after) handling your mice. I think it's a good habit to get into, even when you're not feeling sick. Smile

So yes, if you're feeling up to it, I say go ahead and play with your mice.

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Post by CinnamonPearl on Sat 21 Jan 2017, 12:31 pm

The common cold cannot be passed on to mice. Not sure about the flu, but washing your hands and covering your sneezes should do the trick.

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Post by Kate B on Sat 21 Jan 2017, 7:28 pm

Okay, thank you!

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