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ask: Can Hep C be transferred to sugar glider through bites???

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I have a sugar glider which has started biting to the point of breaking and drawing blood. I have Hep C and Im concerned about wether or not it can transfer it to another person he may or may not bite??

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Susan Cody HERWriter Guide

Hi Anon

Thanks for your question - and for being vigilant about the health of those around you!

If you are bitten by your sugar glider (they have the cutest faces but they can indeed be biters!) and he draws your blood that is infected with Hepatitis Can and then bites another, then if blood is transferred, it's possible that the Hep C could also transfer. Do you live with someone who does not have Hep C and are afraid that the person may handle the glider right after it bit you and transfer the virus?

Also, do remember that it's best for your sugar glider to live with another sugar glider. Unlike cats or dogs who don't always need another cat/dog companion, sugar gliders need to live with at least one other glider - they can actually bite from depression and frustration about not having a fellow sugar glider to live with.

You need to ask your pet's vet about this - do you have a vet that specializes in exotic animals?

May 11, 2009 - 12:36pm
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