Are Hamsters Safe During Pregnancy

Jennifer Shryock's picture


Dear Family Pet Expert,
I am 19 weeks pregnant right now and I have had a hamster for about a year. I have been reading on the Internet about lymphocytic choriomeningitis virus (LCMV) and they say I should get rid of the hamster. However, I don't know what are the risks are if the hamster seems fine and I haven't had any symptoms and how rare it is to get this through a pet hamster.