Hegdehogs have led a blameless life till now. Now, wildlife vets are coming across cases that have made their worst fears come true -- hedgehogs are among the most dangerous animals in Europe. Ian Keymer, a former pathologist at the London Zoo, told members of the British Veterinary Association that hedgehogs carry up to 16 diseases known to affect people, including salmonellosis, leptospirosis and even tuberculosis. Young children are particularly at risk if they touch droppings left by animals in the gardens ( New Scientist , Vol 164, No 2206).
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