How Many Diseases Do Rats Carry?

What diseases do rats carry that could affect humans?

Rodent zoonoses include, but are not limited to:

  • Plague. Plague still infects and kills people worldwide but thankfully not in New Zealand.
  • Leptospirosis – Weil’s Disease.
  • Salmonellosis.
  • Rat Bite Fever (RBF)
  • Q Fever Rickettsial Disease.
  • How to Prevent Infections from Rats and Mice.

What viruses do rats carry?

There are disease concerns with both wild (rats, mice) and pet (rats, mice, hamsters, gerbils, guinea pigs) rodents and rabbits. They can carry many diseases including hantavirus, leptospirosis, lymphocytic choriomeningitis (LCMV), Tularemia and Salmonella.

What diseases do rats carry UK?

These include:

  1. Weil’s disease.
  2. Salmonella.
  3. Tuberculosis.
  4. Cryptosporidiosis.
  5. E. Coli.
  6. Foot and mouth disease.

What happens if you eat something a rat has touched?

Salmonella bacteria can be spread by rats. As is the case with hantavirus, the possibility exists that contact on food packaging by rats or rat droppings may result in the contamination of the food inside the food package. Salmonella is rarely fatal; however, it can make a person ill – even fairly seriously ill.

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