HEALTH HAZARDS Posed By Rodents

The Impact of Mice

Mice are able to carry germs that can cause symptoms just like fever, vomiting, diarrhea, rash, and jaundice. Furthermore, they are able to increase in numbers rapidly, scale the walls effortlessly, and jump as high as twelve inches in the air. This makes them difficult to capture on your own, and it makes it much simpler for them to spread disease.

Eosinophilic Meningitis

Eosinophilic meningitis is an infection of the brain happening in association with a rise in the number of eosinophils, white blood cells which are associated with infection with worms that penetrate into the body. The organism causing eosinophilic meningitis in most cases is a rat lung worm known as angiostrongylus cantonensis.

Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome (HPS)

Hantavirus pulmonary syndrome (HPS) is a lethal disease transmitted by infected rodents by means of droppings, saliva, or urine. Humans can acquire the disease once they breathe in aerosolized virus. HPS was initially identified in 1993. Even though uncommon, HPS is potentially lethal. Rodent control in and around the home continues to be the major technique for preventing hantavirus infection.

Leptospirosis

Leptospirosis is a bacterial ailment that affects animals and humans. It is brought by the bacteria of the genus Leptospira. In humans, it causes a number of symptoms, but some infected persons may have no symptoms at all. Symptoms of leptospirosis include chills, muscle aches, high fever, vomiting, and severe headache, and may include abdominal pain, diarrhea, jaundice, a rash, or red eyes. If the illness is not treated, the affected person could develop meningitis (inflammation of the membrane around the brain and spinal cord), kidney damage, respiratory distress, and liver failure. In rare cases, death happens.

Murine Typhus

Murine typhus (brought on by infection with R. typhi) happens throughout the world and is transmitted to humans through rat fleas. Flea-infested rats can be found all year round in humid tropical conditions, but in temperate areas are most common throughout the warm summer season. Tourists who visit in rat-infested buildings and homes, specifically in harbor or riverine settings, can be in danger of exposure to the agent of murine typhus.

Rat-Bite Fever (RBF)

Rat-bite fever (RBF) is a systemic bacterial disease attributable to Streptobacillus moniliformis which can be acquired out of a bite or scratch of a rodent or perhaps the ingestion of food or water contaminated with rat feces.

Salmonella Enterica Serovar Typhimurium

As its name implies, it results in a typhoid-like illness in mice. In humans,. Typhimurium doesn’t cause as severe disease as. Typhi, and isn’t normally deadly. The illness is characterized by abdominal cramps, diarrhea, nausea, and vomiting, and usually lasts around seven days. Sad to say, in immunocompromized people, like the elderly, young, or individuals with depressed immune systems, Salmonella infection in many cases are deadly if they aren’t treated with antibiotics.

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