Potential Zoonoses Associated with SPF Rodents and Rabbits


The intent of this Resource Page is to describe the most common zoonotic agents seen in Specific Pathogen-Free (SPF) rodents (i.e. mice, rats, hamsters, guinea pigs) and rabbits and the safe work practices to be followed to mitigate the exposure to these pathogens.

SPF rodents and rabbits are almost always free of zoonotic pathogens; however, there is still a risk of allergen exposure while working with these animals. Further information regarding allergen risk and prevention will be provided to rodent users through the AALAS Learning Library’s course entitled “Laboratory Animal Allergens” prior to initiating work with these animals. Please contact CARE training personnel if there are questions about this course by e-mailing the CARE training team (caretraining@cornell.edu).