LYMPHOCYTIC CHORIOMENINGITIS VIRUS
This viral disease is carried by rodents such as mice, hamsters and guinea pigs, all of which are very popular household pets. Symptoms of the LCMV infection are similar to that of the flu and include fever, stiff neck, loss of appetite, muscle aches, headache, nausea and vomiting. Virus transmission can occur from exposure to rodent urine, droppings or saliva. To prevent risk of getting LCMV, rodent owners should wash their hands after handling them, keep rodent cages clean and avoid kissing rodents or having them close to their face.