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5 Diseases Transmitted By Rodents Within the Home
Leptospirosis is a bacterial disease spread by rodents as well as other animals.
This disease is usually transmitted through food or water that has been contaminated by urine from infected animals.
The symptoms of the disease when left unchecked can be life-threatening.
Some symptoms include:
– Kidney damage
– Liver failure
– Or even death.
2. Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome
Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome is transmitted through a virus. It’s a rat-borne disease common throughout North and South America.
Ways of infection:
– Direct contact with rodents and their urine or feces.
– Through bites from rodents.
– Breathe with dust contaminated by rodent feces or urine
3. Lymphocytic Chorio-meningitis (LCMV)
This disease is spread by a viral agent in infected rodent populations, specifically the house mouse (Mus musculus).
Spread through direct contact with the mouse’s urine or droppings, bites or inhalation of contaminated dust.
4. Rat-bite Fever
This rodent-borne disease is caused by a bacterium. Like many other diseases transmitted by rodents, rat-bite. The symptoms of the disease include fever, vomiting, headaches, muscle pain, joint pain and rash. If left untreated, the disease can lead to death.
Fever occurs through bites and scratches from infected rodent populations or direct contact with contaminated water or food. When it occurs due to the consumption of contaminated food, rat-bite fever is often called Haverhill fever.
Salmonellosis occurs worldwide and is spread through both rats and mice. Sometimes called Salmonella which is also the name of the bacteria through which it is spread. Victims usually infected through eating contaminated food.
Symptoms of this disease include diarrhea, abdominal cramps, and fever.
To avoid Salmonellosis, reduce your risk of consuming contaminated food or water. Eradicate rodents in your home and also look for signs of rats or mice infestation throughout the year.
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