A study published in Pediatric Diabetes found that children in families that had a hamster as a pet while the mother was pregnant were four times likelier than average to have type 1 diabetes. The same association was not observed in children whose mothers had a dog or cat while pregnant, leading researchers to speculate that hamsters might carry a virus that causes diabetes when a fetus is exposed to it.
Prenatal exposure to hamsters may put children at risk for diabetes
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