Can you get sick from being around rat droppings?
Diseases caused by rats can be transmitted through bites or scratches. Rat feces illness can be transmitted to humans through rat droppings and urine left around your home. Humans can also get sick through contaminated food caused by rats running across countertops where food is later prepared.
What are the first symptoms of hantavirus?
Early symptoms include fatigue, fever and muscle aches, especially in the large muscle groups—thighs, hips, back, and sometimes shoulders. These symptoms are universal. There may also be headaches, dizziness, chills, and abdominal problems, such as nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and abdominal pain.
What happens if you breathe in rat feces?
If inhaled in this manner, a person can be infected by hantavirus. The infection can cause severe damage to the capillaries in the lungs. The capillaries can end up hemorrhaging. When this occurs, the lung fills with blood.