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Rodent Diseases: Dangerous Illnesses Spread by Rats and Mice

Rodents particularly rats and mice can carry many harmful viruses to humans. Rat droppings such as feces and urine, and food or water mixed with them



Rodents particularly rats and mice can carry many harmful viruses to humans. Rat droppings such as feces and urine, and food or water mixed with them can cause some serious illness.

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Illnesses Spread by Rats

Rodent Diseases: Dangerous Illnesses Spread by Rats and Mice

Rodents particularly rats and mice can carry many harmful viruses to humans. In addition, pets such as hamsters, gerbils, and guinea pigs are carriers of many diseases. Rat droppings such as feces and urine, and food or water mixed with them can cause some serious illness. The most effective way to avoid these diseases or their chances is to get rid of rats from your home and yard.

Some diseases can also be transmitted through their bite, scratch, saliva, contact with a dead rat, and their nesting materials. Rodents like rats and mice can carry many deadly diseases including hantavirus, leptospirosis, lymphocytic choriomeningitis (LCMV), Tularemia, and Salmonella. Growing different types of mouse replant plants indoors and outdoors will help rats and mice away from home and surroundings.

They can transmit harmful illnesses, both viral and bacterial infections to humans. Below listed are some of the diseases spread by rodents.

Directly transmitted diseases by rodents

  • Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome
  • Hemorrhagic Fever with Renal Syndrome
  • Lassa Fever
  • Leptospirosis
  • Lymphocytic Chorio-meningitis (LCM)
  • Omsk Hemorrhagic Fever
  • Plague
  • Rat-Bite Fever
  • Salmonellosis
  • South American Arenaviruses
    • Argentine hemorrhagic fever
    • Bolivian hemorrhagic fever
    • SabiĆ”-associated hemorrhagic fever
    • Venezuelan hemorrhagic fever

Indirectly transmitted diseases by rodents

  • Babesiosis
  • Colorado Tick Fever
  • Cutaneous Leishmaniasis
  • Human Granulocytic Anaplasmosis
  • La Crosse Encephalitis
  • Lyme Disease
  • Murine Typhus
  • Omsk Hemorrhagic Fever
  • Powassan Virus
  • Scrub Typhus
  • Rickettsialpox
  • Relapsing Fever
  • Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever
  • Sylvatic Typhus
  • West Nile Virus

Following are the primary symptoms of rat-borne diseases, some of them are universal symptoms.

Early symptoms of rodent-borne diseases include:

  • fatigue
  • fever
  • muscle aches
  • headaches
  • dizziness
  • chills
  • abdominal pain
  • nausea
  • vomiting
  • diarrhea

If you have recent contact with rats, mice, or any other rodents, do not feel well, having any of these symptoms, please consult a doctor.

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