It’s easy to say that you don’t want to be around or near rodents, but some may go as far as saying they don’t even want to know they are there. Rodents (that is, rats and mice) associated with the spreading of disease since before the plague hit Europe in 1348.
Since then, many other rodent spread disease outbreaks have happened throughout not only the world but also through time. The biggest factors contributing to this are the close contact with human dwellings and that their carriers can be brought in by people on their clothing, handbags and luggage, etc. But everyone wants to know how common rodent spread diseases?
Rodents known to spread diseases, but how common are these diseases?
In the United States and Canada, rodents are responsible for spreading rabies, leptospirosis, hantavirus, typhus fever and lice. These diseases can spread through direct contact with a rodent or through their feces.
Rabies is one of the most well-known rodent-spread diseases because it can lead to death if left untreated. The rabies virus transmitted through infected animal’s bites or scratches. If you come into contact with this disease. You should visit your doctor immediately and get vaccinated against the virus.
Leptospirosis is another common rodent-spread disease that can be contracted from contaminated water or soil that has been contaminated by urine from infected animals. Leptospirosis causes fever, chills and muscle aches when contracted by humans. If symptoms persist for more than two weeks after exposure to contaminated water or soil. Then you should see your doctor immediately for treatment options.
Hantavirus can also contracted from rodents. That carry this virus in their feces or urine deposits in areas where they live such as barns or sheds. Where they may have built nests out of hay or wood chips which then fall through cracks in floors.
There are many different types of rodents that live in homes, and they can all carry different diseases. Some rodents also carry fleas that spread disease to pets and humans as well as animals.
Rodents are cause of disease transmission for most people. Because they can found in almost any home or building that has food or garbage available to them.
Rodents can spread diseases through contact with their saliva, urine or feces; by sharing food or water dishes with other rodents such as mice; or through the fleas on their bodies.