The majority of Americans realize that mouse control is the perfect way to keep a variety of illnesses at bay but are hard-pressed to name at least one health problem associated with the tiny mammals. In light of that fact, we wanted to briefly discuss the top five diseases that are commonly transferred from rodents to humans or their pets. So, we’re setting aside some time today to do so. The top five diseases on our mouse control experts’ lists are as follows and in no way should be considered all-encompassing:
Caused by a microscopic bacteria that is routinely found in rodent feces, salmonellosis is the first disease on our list. Its symptoms include gastrointestinal distress, related dehydration and fever. Plus, people who come down with the disease are at risk for developing a few long-term complications (e.g. Reiter’s Syndrome).
2.) Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome
Hantavirus pulmonary syndrome is the second health problem on our list. Largely associated with certain species of rodents, it is viral and may become airborne. Consequently, simply breathing the air in a mouse infected area could land a person in the hospital. Symptoms frequently experienced by people with the disease include, but are not confined to muscle aches and a loss of balance.
3.) Rat-Bite Fever
Coming in third is rat-bite fever. Like salmonellosis, it is caused by a type of bacteria that lives in a rodent’s feces. People who are diagnosed with the condition often experience skin ulcers, general inflammation and fever.
Fourth, we can’t overlook leptospirosis. It too is caused by a bacteria typically found in mice excrement. The disease shares many of the symptoms found in the other ones on our list. In addition, it could lead to other complications. Meningitis is one of the more unfortunate complications.
Last on our list is another bacteria related disease, tularemia. It is usually spread through a mouse’s saliva, urine, droppings and blood. Severely infected skin ulcers and labored breathing are just two of the many dangerous symptoms associated with this disease.
We know, the plague is not on our list. Although rodents are routinely associated with the plague, there hasn’t been on in years. The routine use of mouse control measures are one reason why they are not as common as they once were and we can all be thankful for that. To learn more about avoiding rodent borne health problems like the ones we mentioned above, please contact us today. We’d be happy to discuss our mouse control expertise with you in more detail.