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Question: Hook worms

 Lauraxyz - Tue Jan 04, 2005 2:42 am

I received a new ferret for christmas so today we took him to the vet to get checked out and found that he has hook worms. So, now I'm worried about getting them.

I've been exposed to his fecal matter from cleaning the ferret's room, litter boxes and cage. Since he isn't litter trained he has required a couple baths to get the poop off his fur. I don't use gloves when bathing the ferrets but I am avid about washing my hands after dealing with them. However, I do sit and play with them in their room so I'm concerned that sitting on the floor in shorts and not washing my legs or arms afterward might have given any worms on the floor or on their fur a chance to infect me.

Is this silly or should I be concerned and what would be the symptoms of hook worms in humans?
 Theresa Jones, RN - Tue Jan 04, 2005 5:52 am

User avatar Hi Lauraxyz,
People can become infected with diseases/illnesses from their pets. Some of the signs and symptoms of hookworm are: Diarrhea, vague abdominal pain, intestinal cramps, and nausea. I hope this is helpful.
 Lauraxyz - Tue Jan 04, 2005 4:07 pm


Thank you for the reply.


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