Arenavirus Infection in Hamsters



Unfortunately, there is no effective treatment for arenavirus infection. A veterinarian will recommend that hamsters with arenavirus be euthanized. Its living quarters should then be thoroughly cleaned and sanitized.


Living and Management


To protect yourself and your family, wear disposable gloves when cleaning an infected hamster's cage. Be extra cautious while handling bedding material or other objects inside the cage, which are likely to be soiled with, infected urine. After you have finished cleaning the cage and all of its contents, wash your hands and clothing and dispose of potentially contaminated materials in sealed plastic bags.




Keeping your animal cages clean and disinfected regularly will help to minimize incidences of arena virus infection among hamsters.