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What diseases do rodents carry?

Rodents are carriers of diseases and this is one of the reasons as to why one needs to deal with them if they invade your home. Rodents transfer dangerous diseases to people and their pets through disposing their feces around which then gets dry and moves through air. This is perfect way for transfer of dormant viruses and bacteria which then can easily activate in human organism and cause high damage. There is a need to always remain vigilant and handle all pest issues within the home as the risks are very real and can actually extend their effects to the pets and children within the home. Even grownups can contract some very dangerous ailments when they handle rodents, dead or alive. The fecal matter is also enough to cause some serious problems.



Hantavirus
This is a disease spread by a virus. The rodents that can spread it include white footed mouse, rice rat, cotton ray and deer mouse. The disease spreads in the dust that is contaminated with the droppings or the urine from rodents. When you come into contact with the urine and fecal matter of rodents, you can also contract the virus.

Hemorrhagic fever
The rodents that usually spread this fever include the yellow necked field mouse, bank vole, Norway rate and the striped filed mouse. The agent that causes the disease is a virus. The disease spreads through breathing dust that has droppings and urine of the rodent. Coming into contact with the rodent wastes and bite wounds can also spread the disease.

Lassa fever
This is yet another disease that is spread by the multi mammate rat and its agent is a virus. This disease mostly occurs in West Africa. Like the others, the spread is through inhalation of dust with fecal and urine matters of the rodent. Coming into contact with the rodent and eating food with the droppings and urine can also lead to infection. This disease can be spread from one person to the next.

Leptospirosis
This one is generally spread by rodents even though other animals can be the cause of the infection. This is a bacterial disease that can occur in any part of the world. When you eat or drink materials that have urine from an animal that is infected, infection may occur. Contact with mucous membranes or skin with soil or water that has the urine of the animal infected can actually lead to infection. Go back to the How to get rid of wildlife home page.

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