Exotic pets, including hedgehogs, have become popular in recent years among pet owners, especially in North America. Such animals can carry and introduce zoonotic agents, a fact well illustrated by the recent outbreak of monkeypox in pet prairie dogs. This paper reviews known and potential zoonotic diseases that could be carried and transmitted by pet hedgehogs or by wild-caught hedgehogs that have been rescued. Emerging Infectious Diseases 2005; 11: 1-5.
Publication Type: Journal article
Publisher: Emerging Infectious Diseases