giant snail

Asked May 8, 2015, 2:05 PM EDT

Do giant african pet snails carry diseases

Outside United States companion animals

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I believe this question has been answered. Here is the previous response:

According to the U.S. Center for Disease Control, the Giant African Land snail can carry and transmit the rat lungworm (Angiostrongylus cantonensis) to humans, where it can cause meningitis. The occurrence of this parasite varies from place to place and seems to be most frequently found in parts of Asia and the Pacific Islands. Another common disease of many animals is salmonella, and one reference I saw mentioned that as a possible disease transmitted by snails. Good hygiene (washing hands after handling, wearing gloves when handling, etc.) is recommended to help prevent disease transmission. See this link for more information: http://www.cdc.gov/parasites/angiostrongylus/gen_info/faqs.html