What are the health risk of Rodents?
Rodents are the uninvited guests, especially during the winter days. Most people do not know about the risks of having these kinds of dangerous pests in their homes. Rodents like mice and rats’ spread lots of diseases. The diseases are spreading through rodent bites and their droppings. Even the dead rodents are associated with a greater number of health issues among humans and another living organisms. The other pests like ticks. Mites, fleas also carry the diseases to humans and pets from the infected rodent. The cool weather invites more pests to search for warm places to stay and finally all will reach your home. Rodents can act as the infection trigger and they spread more than 25 varieties of diseases each year. Some of them are familiar and treatable. To avoid health risks, prevention is the only key for all people who worry about rodent infestation.
In this blog, we summarized some of the most common health risks of rodents.
What are the Diseases carried by Rodents?
The followings are some of the most common diseases that rodents carry- out. Let’s discuss a few of them in detail.
- Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome
- Haemorrhagic Fever with Renal Syndrome
- Lassa Fever
- Rat-Bite Fever
Hantavirus is carried by the rodents like deer mice, cotton rats, rice rats, and white-footed mice.
The virus gets transmitted to humans through rodent urine, droppings other leftovers. Most of the research says, people easily get affected if they eat the food source containing infected rodent saliva or urine drops
Symptoms of Hantavirus
The persons who get affected by the Hantavirus have the following symptoms
- Respiratory problems
- Joint pains
- Dizziness followed by Headache
- diarrhea and vomiting
How it spreads?
- The breathing of infected rodent urine and droppings
- Direct contacting of infected rodents
- Rodent Bites
Treatment for Hantavirus
There is no specific medical treatment for this disease and there is no vaccine. Keeping patients on ventilation for respiratory issues is the only medical care we noticed. Preventing the rodents and control the spreading of disease is the only solution.
LYMPHOCYTIC CHORIOMENINGITIS (LCM)
Lymphocytic is a viral disease caused by lymphocytic choriomeningitis virus. The common spread of the LCMV virus is caused by the house mouse and by wild mice. Humans get infected after exposure to urine, droppings, and saliva from the infected rodents. The infections are commonly occurring during the winter season.
Symptoms of Lymphocytic choriomeningitis virus
- Symptoms like Flue
- Headache, nausea, and vomiting
- Sore throat
- Neuro diseases like paralysis
How it spreads?
- Direct contact with rodents
- Due to rodent bites
- Eating or drinking water having rodent’s urine or saliva
Treatment of Lymphocytic choriomeningitis virus
Treating with anti-inflammatory drugs and supportive treatments are available. Curing of the infection is rare. To prevent the spreading of LCM, effective control measure is a must.
For all diseases, the symptoms are similar and only slight changes in the treatments. Contact the best professional pest control experts and sort out the rodent’s problem in your living place and stay away from all the diseases caused by rodents.