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Adrienne H. 10-31-2013 07:59 AM

Hamster bite and Hep b
This question although odd as it may be is a serious question.
I have a school aged child who is newly adopted and at this time it appears that she has chronic hep b. Our pet hamster bit her this morning and drew blood. Can a hamster get infected w/ hep b and if so can he now transmit it to someone else should he bite them?
I appreciate any and all responses.
Thank you.

Glycerine82 10-31-2013 09:26 AM

Re: Hamster bite and Hep b
What do you mean "appears". Has she been tested?

From what I've read, no. BUT the virus can live on surfaces and be spread from all bodily really, the hamster is the least of your worries. Make sure everyone in your household is vaccinated against Hep B. Are you sure it is Hep B that she has and not Hep C?? Hep C is much more common amongst IV drug users (bio parents) Hep B is sexually transmitted ususally, but can be spread via saliva, secretions, blood etc.

So, get everyone vaccinated, get titers drawn so you know everyone is immune and take reasonable precautions.

If you are still worried about the hamster, the best bet is to ask your local Vet.

Adrienne H. 10-31-2013 10:15 AM

Re: Hamster bite and Hep b
Thanks for your response. Pardon the verbiage. She "appears" to have Hep b because that is what we were told upon her adoption. We will be meeting w/ a specialist to confirm the diagnosis next month.
We are all vaccinated and are aware of the clean up procedures. Was concerned about our hamster carrying and being able to transmit to anyone who might not be vaccinated (I guess that could go for any animal, dog, cat etc.) Thanks again!

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