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#17296 - 02/04/04 01:02 PM Glider-borne diseases-what are they?

I read in a post a comment regarding "glider-borne diseases." What are they and how can they be communicated to humans?

#17297 - 02/04/04 01:39 PM Re: Glider-borne diseases-what are they? [Re: ]

Sorry I can't help you. I was under the impression that there weren't any that went from glider to human. But I'm sure someone with the knowledge will come along soon. I'm curious to learn more now too.

#17298 - 02/04/04 02:38 PM Re: Glider-borne diseases-what are they? [Re: ]

With good hygiene, there's not much to worry about. We can get salmonella from their feces if we don't practice good handwashing, but that's about the only way we are going to catch anything that I am aware of.
Chey <img src="/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/wave.gif" alt="" />

#17299 - 02/05/04 10:50 AM Re: Glider-borne diseases-what are they? [Re: ]

That's what I thought, I had just noticed that post and became curious. I always wash my hands before and after my cuddling with Snickers.

#17300 - 02/05/04 07:12 PM Re: Glider-borne diseases-what are they? [Re: ]

I know people can catch giardia too, and sometimes gliders get sick with that. If your glider has the runs, it's a good idea to handle it carefully and always wash your hands right afterwords. I think actually they are more susceptable to cathing our illnesses than the other way around.

#17301 - 02/06/04 10:17 AM Re: Glider-borne diseases-what are they? [Re: ]

There are many diseases that can be transferred from animals to humans. Such diseases are referred to as ZOONOTIC diseases. Here is a nice reference site on the issue of Zoonotic diseases:

Sources of Zoonotic Diseases

Another decent reference site that breaks down categories of animals & the types of diseases they can transmit to humans can be found HERE . Scroll down toward the bottom and you will find diseases that can be transferred specifically from marsupials to humans.

#17302 - 02/06/04 10:39 AM Re: Glider-borne diseases-what are they? [Re: ]

Too bad I don't speak Zootonic.... cause I can't figure out all those technical words, sorry.... anyone willing to traslate into Laymens terms for us? <img src="/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/read.gif" alt="" />

#17303 - 02/06/04 11:02 AM Re: Glider-borne diseases-what are they? [Re: ]

Amanda: Definition of zoonotic disease is: an animal disease that can be transmitted to humans.

#17304 - 02/06/04 11:25 AM Re: Glider-borne diseases-what are they? [Re: ]

I have heard of some of the glider borne illnesses that we can get. Giardia and salmonella are the only two that I was aware of.

#17305 - 02/06/04 01:41 PM Re: Glider-borne diseases-what are they? [Re: ]

That's not what I meant, I don't understand all the technical names for all the deseases. When I open those two links all the words are in scientific language I don't understand.... I understand things like "Common cold", "Flu" and "Strep Throat" but it doesn't say that. It says:




Mycobacterium bovis

Pasteurella multocida

Q fever





The only things I know on this list are anthrax and semopnilla(sp) Whats the rest of this verbage mean???? <img src="/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/confused.gif" alt="" />

#17306 - 02/07/04 07:14 PM Re: Glider-borne diseases-what are they? [Re: ]


1) leptospirosis - a recent thread on this topic can be found Here

2) Dermatophytosis - ringworm

3) Melioidosis - is caused by the bacterium Burkholderia pseudomallei. Melioidosis is predominately a disease of tropical climates, especially in Southeast Asia
where it is endemic. The bacteria causing melioidosis are found in contaminated water and soil and are spread to humans and animals through direct contact with the
contaminated source.

4) mycobacterium bovis - usually the cause of TB in cattle with mycobacterium tuberculosis usually being the organism to cause TB in humans.

5) Pasteurella multocida - small, gram-negative, non–spore-forming coccobacillus often existing in the upper respiratory tract of many livestock, poultry, and domestic pet species. Infection in humans is often associated with an animal bite, scratch, or lick, but infection without epidemiologic evidence of animal contact may occur. Local wound infections from animal bites are the most common human infections caused by Pasteurella Multocida.

6) Q Fever - caused by Coxiella burnetii, a rickettsial organism. Q fever in humans is usually either
asymptomatic or mistaken for an acute viral illness. Q fever is a disease with an acute onset of fever, chills, headache, weakness, malaise (a general sick feeling), abnormal liver function tests, and severe sweats. In most cases, the illness is of short duration, lasting less than two weeks, even without treatment.

7) Salmonellosis - is an infection with a bacteria called Salmonella. Most persons infected with Salmonella develop diarrhea, fever, and abdominal cramps 12 to 72 hours after
infection. The illness usually lasts 4 to 7 days, and most persons recover without treatment. Salmonella live in the intestinal tracts of humans and other animals, including
birds. Salmonella are usually transmitted to humans by eating foods contaminated with animal feces. Contaminated foods usually look and smell normal. Contaminated foods
are often of animal origin, such as beef, poultry, milk, or eggs, but all foods, including vegetables may become contaminated. Salmonella may also be found in the feces of some pets and people can become infected if they do not wash their hands after contact with these feces. Reptiles are particularly likely to harbor Salmonella and people should always wash their hands immediately after handling a reptile, even if the reptile is healthy.

8) Scabies - a microscopic mite which burrows within the skin. Within several weeks the patient develops an allergic reaction. This results in severe itching, often intense enough to keep sufferers awake all night. May be caught from another human or an animal via close contact.

9) Sparganosis - disease resulting from infection by the larvae of Spirometra tapeworms in humans, most commonly Spirometra mansonoides. Sparganosis is endemic in some
Asiatic and South American areas but it has been reported worldwide. Humans may contract infection by direct contact with domestic (and wild) cats and dogs who are the
definitive hosts. Most infections involve the subcutaneous soft tissues or chest, abdominal wall or limb muscles. Involvement of the spine and spinal canal, and of the
brain and the orbit occurs occasionally.

10) trichinosis - a foodborne disease caused by a tiny parasitic worm, Trichinella spiralis. Anyone who
eats undercooked meat of infected animals can develop trichinosis. Pork products are implicated more often than other meats. Animals such as pigs, cats, rats and many wild
animals including fox, wolf, boar and bear harbor the parasite in their muscle tissue. The worm is spread when infected animal flesh is ingested by other animals. When humans eat infected pig meat that has been improperly cooked, they become infected. Improperly cooked wild animal meat may also be responsible for infecting humans.

For anyone wishing more info. on the above diseases, a GOOGLE search will yield an abundance of data on these diseases.

#17307 - 02/08/04 08:15 AM Re: Glider-borne diseases-what are they? [Re: ]

Recently my gliders were infected with listeria. I lost 5 of them. The vet said it was possible although not likely that we could contract the bacterium. She emphasised washing hands after handling gliders, and between sets of gliders.

#17308 - 02/08/04 12:59 PM Re: Glider-borne diseases-what are they? [Re: ]

Peggy51: I concur that the single most important way to reduce the risk of contaminating our gliders is thorough handwashing not only after handling your gliders or between handling other sets of gliders but doing a thorough handwashing prior to handling even that first glider to reduce the risk of some contaminant on your hands being spread to even one of your gliders. The reason is that we may have sneezed/coughed (using our hand to cover our mouth thus contaminating our hand); we may have handled fresh fruits or veggies that could have some contaminant on their skin surface; we could have handled some food item left in the refrigerator too long that has begun spoiling/carrying mold or bacteria; we could have handled raw chicken/raw eggs carrying the samonella bacterium while preparing dinner four our gliders; we could have pet someone's dog, cat, rabbit, ferret, etc. that might have ringworm. These are only a few examples of the way we humans could spread some type of bacterial, parasitic, fungal or mold contaminant to our gliders if we fail to properly/thoroughly wash our hands prior to handling them.

#17309 - 02/09/04 09:11 AM Re: Glider-borne diseases-what are they? [Re: ]

Thanks for the explaination of everything!!!! <img src="/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/cloud9.gif" alt="" />

#17310 - 02/09/04 11:59 AM Re: Glider-borne diseases-what are they? [Re: ]

I would think that many of the diseases mentioned would be for gliders in the wild, not necessary gliders born in captivity under clean and sanitary conditions. Correct?

#17311 - 02/09/04 12:34 PM Re: Glider-borne diseases-what are they? [Re: ]

See my response in the Behavior & Anatomy forum under the topic In Your Face HERE

#17312 - 02/09/04 04:20 PM Re: Glider-borne diseases-what are they? [Re: ]

Cross contamination is a serious problem and it should be taken seriously. The simplest way to combat cross contamination is washing your hands several times a day, especially after touching any animal, suggies or anything else you might have as a pet. If I'm out and I cant get to a restroom to wash my hands, I carry a small bottle of the anti-bacterial hand wash that needs no water. I even keep one in the glove box of the car and my kids carry them in their backpacks. You just never know when you'll need it!
Glideroo, Thanks to you for the great info! I know I learned alot today from this thread!


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