Risks & Health Issues Caused by Rodent Feces

 

If you’re noticing rodent tracks or feces in your attic or home, be it rat, mouse or really any sort of rodent, it’s important that you seek a specialists who can better assess your homes’ health. We have provided you with the information here pertaining to the most common diseases transmitted by rodent living in or near your living area.

 

rodent droppings

The following 4 diseases are caused by rodent feces and are region-specific.:

●    Bubonic Plague: The dreaded plague is less prevalent and deadly today, but still infects numerous people every year. This is normally spread through fleas on a rodent, but feces can also contain the plague. Symptoms include headache, fever and swollen lymph nodes.

●    Hantavirus: Rodent urine and feces is the primary cause of the Hantavirus. Caused by the white-footed deer mouse, this virus is often seen when these mice are allowed to actively live in the same dwelling as their human counterparts. An infestation in an attic is a prime example of how the Hantavirus can be contracted, although humans don’t realize the mice are living in the home.

●    Lassa Fever: A virus that is contracted through the breathing in of dust that is contaminated with feces or urine. This disease can also be contracted through touching the feces or bites and is spread by rats.

●    Rat-bite Fever: Food that is contaminated by rodents can cause rat-bite fever. This is an infectious disease that can be fatal.

●    Salmonellosis: Spread through rodent feces. Salmonellosis is a type of food poisoning that causes high fevers, abdominal pains and diarrhea.

These are just the viruses that are normally seen in Metroplex Area. There are also several other rodent-transmitted viruses that are less common in the area, such as Leptospirosis, Hemorrhagic-Fever and Tularemia. All of these diseases are classified as worldwide by the CDC.

 

Whatever the case, if you’re seeing rodent feces, droppings, or otherwise tracks of any sort, it’s best to let a rodent remover professional inspect the situation.


 

examples of rats

Diseases directly transmitted by rodents

 

Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome

Rodents involved with this disease mostly occur in North and South America

The disease spreads

  • Breathing in dust that is contaminated with rodent urine or droppings

  • Direct contact with rodents or their urine and droppings

  • Bite wounds, although this does not happen frequently

Additional Information

Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome (HPS)

Hemorrhagic Fever with Renal Syndrome

 

Rodents involved with this disease mostly occur in Asia, Russia, Korea, Scandinavia, western Europe, and the Balkans

How the disease spreads

  • Breathing in dust that is contaminated with rodent urine or droppings

  • Direct contact with rodents or their uring and droppings

  • Bite wounds, although this does not happen frequently

  • The disease may spread through direct contact from person to person, but it is extremely rare

Additional Information

Hemorrhagic Fever with Renal Syndrome

Lassa Fever

Rodents involved with this disease mostly occur in West Africa

How the disease spreads

  • Breathing in dust that is contaminated with rodent urine or droppings

  • Direct contact with rodents or their urine and droppings

  • Eating food that is contaminated with rodent urine or droppings

  • Bite wounds, although this does not happen frequently

  • The disease may spread through direct contact from person to person

Additional Information

Lassa Fever

Leptospirosis

Rodent(s) involved

Rodents and other animals



Rodents involved with this disease mostly occur in Worldwide

How the disease spreads

  • Eating food or drinking water contaminated with urine from infected animals

  • Contact through the skin or mucous membranes (such as inside the nose) with water or soil that is contaminated with the urine from infected animals

Additional Information

Leptospirosis

Lymphocytic Chorio-meningitis (LCM)

Rodent(s) involved

House mouse (Mus musculus)



Rodents involved with this disease mostly occur in Worldwide

How the disease spreads

  • Breathing in dust that is contaminated with rodent urine or droppings

  • Direct contact with rodents or their urine and droppings

  • Bite wounds, although this does not happen frequently

Additional Information

Lymphocytic Chorio-meningitis

Omsk Hemorrhagic Fever

Rodents involved with this disease mostly occur in Western Siberia

How the disease spreads

  • Direct contact with infected animal

  • Bite from an infected tick

Additional Information

Omsk Hemorrhagic Fever

Plague

Rodent(s) involved

Wild rodents, including rock squirrels, prarie dogs, wood rats, fox squirrels and other species of ground squirrels and chipmunks



Rodents involved with this disease mostly occur in Western US, South America, Africa, Asia

How the disease spreads

  • Bite of an infected flea

  • Direct contact with infected animal

Additional Information

Plague

Rat-Bite Fever

Rodent(s) involved

Rats and possibly mice

Agent

Bacteria


Rodents involved with this disease mostly occur in Worldwide; Streptobacillus moniliformis in North America and Europe; Spirillum minue in Asia and Africa

How the disease spreads

  • Bite or scratch wound from an infected rodent, or contact with a dead rodent

  • Eating or drinking food or water that is contaminated by rat feces.

Additional Information

Rat-Bite Fever

Salmonellosis

 

How the disease spreads

  • Eating or drinking food or water that is contaminated by rat feces

Additional Information

Salmonellosis

South American Arenaviruses (Argentine hemorrhagic fever, Bolivian hemorrhagic fever, Sabiá-associated hemorrhagic fever, Venezuelan hemorrhagic fever)



Rodents involved with this disease mostly occur in South America: parts of Argentina, Bolivia, Venezuela and Brazil

How the disease spreads

  • Breathing in dust that is contaminated with rodent urine or droppings

  • Direct contact with rodents or their urine and droppings

  • Bite wounds, although this does not happen frequently

  • The disease may rarely spread through direct contact from person to person

Additional Information

Arenaviruses

Tularemia

Rodents involved with this disease mostly occur in Worldwide

 

How the disease spreads

  • Handling infected animal carcasses

  • Being bitten by an infected tick, deerfly or other insect

  • Eating or drinking contaminated food or water

  • Breathing in the bacteria, F. tularensis

Additional Information

Tularemia