African Gambian rats
Other wild animals
Animals that are not recommended for children under 5 years old - do you know any kids asking to get a prairie dog, or baby chickens for a pet? I think there are far more greater health risks than this - like maybe vaccinations? or genetically modified food, or corn syrup in every food product, how about chemical in baby bottles the government denies causes cancer, or mercury tooth fillings that pose no danger? Are we eating cloned animals yet? Be sure to read the comments.
Update to article - Pets for Young Kids: Does Exotic Mean Toxic?
Clinical Report from Official Journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics - Exposure to Nontraditional Pets at Home and to Animals in Public Settings: Risks to Children
Pet-Associated Zoonotic Diseases and Natural Disasters (PDF) after floods and hurricanes
Advice from CDC - Healthy Pets - Healthy People
Kids Health - Selecting safe pets