The Health Problems Associated with Rodent Infestations
Thursday, 27 May 2021

Aside from seeking asylum in your home due to adverse weather conditions, rodents can be pesky as they're known for causing property damage, nibbling on leftovers, and one of the more detrimental traits is that they can cause you health problems.

They can, directly and indirectly, cause health problems to you and your family through their urine, feces, saliva, etc. This is made possible through latent organisms that are in the animal body and display no symptoms known as vector-borne but can be fatal to humans.
 
 
Let's dive into it and find out which of the 35 diseases caused by rodents or viruses are common.
 

Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome

 
This is a virus transmitted by the Cotton rat, white-footed mouse, Deer mouse, and Rice rat. Hantavirus is the most common disease affecting humans from rodents in North and South America. It's transmitted through direct or indirect contact with the mouse; it's droppings, urine, nesting area, or breathing air in close proximity to the areas listed above.
 
This disease is fatal, with more of its victim succumbing, especially children. Diagnosing the disease can be challenging as they resemble flu-like symptoms; muscle aches, exhaustion, and fever. According to the CDC, the symptoms could extend to chills, headaches, abdominal pain, and dizziness for some people. For these reasons alone, it’s imperative that if you notice signs of infestation in your home, you reach out to a qualified pest control specialist like Dentec Pest Management in Dubbo, NSW, to evaluate your property and remove the hazard.
 

Leptospirosis

 
It's also hard to diagnose with its initial symptoms, including diarrhea, vomiting, muscle aches, and high fever. It can be transmitted through any rodent and animal by simply contaminating your food, water, or clothes, either by urinating or coming into contact with its droppings. The bacteria can also find their way into the bloodstream through broken skin or through the nose, eyes, and mouth.
 
If you get exposed, this virus can remain active in your body for up to 4 weeks and can cause severe damage to your body, causing liver or kidney failure.
 

Red-Bite Fever

 
Anyone worldwide can be infected; it's transmitted through bacterial Streptobacillus moniliformis (in Europe and North America) and Spirillum minue (in Africa and Asia) from rats and possibly mice. The symptoms include muscle pain, vomiting, rash, fever, headaches, and rash, which may last within ten days after exposure to the bacterias.
 
Infection is caused by coming into contact with a dead carcass, bite, or a scratch from the infected rodent. Also, eating or drinking water that has been contaminated from rodent droppings.
 

Salmonellosis

 
WebMD reported that in the US alone, there are over 40,000 cases reported each year. Also, coming into contact with a live or dead specimen will lead to the same results. If a home has a lot of fecal matter, they stand a high risk of infection, eventually leading to arthritis.
 

Take The Necessary Steps

 
A female rat only takes less than one and half months to mature and can get up to a dozen offspring in a litter and get up to 10 litters in a year. So, basic preventive measures are highly advised if you want to steer clear of having your home infested with rodents, keep your home clean and tidy, use different scents, e.g., ammonia, use a closed garbage can, etc.
 
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