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It is clear to most people that rats can be quite dangerous to you and your family. Some may read that and think that it is absolutely ridiculous to think that rats can be this dangerous, but the diseases that they carry pose a serious risk to you, your family, and your pets. These diseases can be quite serious, and can be transmitted to you when you are bitten by a rat or scratched by one of these animals.
However, one thing that many people do not consider is the fact that rat waste can be dangerous to you as well. Because the bacteria, virus, or other pathogens that are contained in a rat can be transmitted through the urine or feces of one of these animals, you can become sick or ill from one of these rodents without ever coming directly in contact with them. This is what makes a rat such a risk to you and your family, because it can just be walking through in your bare feet or touching something where they have urinated on them that can lead to you contracting and illness.
If you are looking for the most common diseases caused by rat’s urine then here are some things you should know.
Hantavirus - this is a very serious illness that can be life-threatening. Those who are infected by this illness can contracted either by coming in direct physical contact with the urine or even by breathing its particles in the air. You should be aware that if rats are actively moving about in the area where the urine is found, that this can make it so that the potency of the illness is even more serious. If you know that rats are in an area, it is a good idea to make sure that you wear a surgical mask and gloves before touching anything.
Bubonic Plague - the black plague has been known to cause severe illness that has wiped out vast numbers of people across the globe. This plague has killed countless millions, and is one of the most dangerous infections that a rat can carry. While not as prominent today, bubonic plague can still be passed through a rat’s urine, although it is most commonly passed by the fleas living on a rat. The symptoms include such things as headache, swollen lymph nodes that are incredibly painful, and very high fever.
Rat-Bite Fever (RBF) - this is also an illness that can lead to death. It is spread by consuming food that has rat urine or feces on it. You want to be very careful that if you have food that has come in contact with a rat in any way that you throw it away and do not consume it.
Salmonellosis - this is a kind of food poisoning that can be spread by the waist of a rat. Like the disease mentioned above, it is the bacteria carried in the urine that causes the illness. And is a main reason why you should not risk consuming foods touched by rats. While not life-threatening, the effects are still quite painful.
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