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  • Tropical fish, reptiles and turtles can be good pets but your should take care and follow safe handling rules so you do not get sick from your pet.
  • Reptiles and tropical fish can carry germs that can cause infections and illness in people.
  • Bacteria on pets can cause skin infections on some people and enter the body through cuts on your skin.
  • Salmonella, the bacteria that can cause gastroenteritis in people, can be picked up from handling your pet and their food.
  • You can avoid getting sick from your pet if you take simple actions such as washing your hands after handling your pet, keeping your pet away.
  • Those most at risk of illnesses and infections caused from handling reptiles and tropical fish are the elderly, children younger than five and people with weakened immune systems.

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Reviewed on: 07-06-2017