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    Hand-Foot-Mouth disease?

    Can guinea pigs catch this from humans? I was exposed to a confirmed case of hand, foot and mouth disease at my job and have one of the symptoms. I do have someone at home who can care for my pig if I shouldn't touch him.

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    Re: Hand-Foot-Mouth disease?

    I would stay well away from them.. Its not worth the risk really.

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    Re: Hand-Foot-Mouth disease?

    What is the symptoms of this disease? I've never heard about it until your post. I would definitely let someone care for the piggies just in case.

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    Re: Hand-Foot-Mouth disease?

    I have never heard of this. But honestly, to be on the safe side, I would not handle them until you know it is safe.
    Have a friend or someone take care of them.

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    Re: Hand-Foot-Mouth disease?

    I`ve had it before.
    I think the illness can only be passed to human cells though.
    For now , you can take a best guess that your piggies are safe :) .
    For those who don`t know about the illness , it effects humans by making hands , feet , and their mouths sensitive and in some cases , causes sores to those areas.

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    Re: Hand-Foot-Mouth disease?

    Your piggies will probably be ok since cavies cannot catch most diseases, but just to be sure you can call your vets office and see what they say.

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    Re: Hand-Foot-Mouth disease?

    Is this disease bacterial or viral? Pigs can catch bacterial infections but not viral infections.

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    Re: Hand-Foot-Mouth disease?

    It's a viral infection according to MedlinePlus. It's not a disease adults get very often - it spreads where babies and toddlers are together a lot, and one infection provides immunity, like chicken pox.

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    Re: Hand-Foot-Mouth disease?

    Since it's viral, there should be no way for your pig to get it.

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    Re: Hand-Foot-Mouth disease?

    If you are concerned, wear gloves when touching your pigs and their food, environment etc. - that's the main precaution I'd take.

    If it comforts you any - my toddler brother and sister had a nasty case of it last year, they live in the same house as the pigs, and the pigs were in no way affected. I had a few tiny blisters on my hands and tongue but nothing more. As the main caregiver for the pigs (and second-main cregiver for twins) I was heavily involved in both.

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