Leptospirosis: Not so Little an Issue

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ratRats are not the most pleasing creatures you want to see around your house. Yes, Stuart Little and Ratatouille all made us felt good about these critters, but no matter how possibly cute they are on the big screen, you don’t want to actually let them hang around your kitchen, or your living room with your kids.

One of the most common illnesses linked to rodents is leptospirosis, yespestpros.com points out. Leptospirosis is a type of bacterial infection caused by exposure to the urine of an animal infected with the disease. The bacteria may enter the body through the mucus membrane, or through an open wound. You are at risk of this disease if you are exposed to an infected rat’s urine, or to dirty water infected with its urine, such as floodwater.

Symptoms of Leptospirosis

According to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, signs and symptoms of leptospirosis include:

  • Fever
  • Chills
  • Headache
  • Muscle aches
  • Abdominal pain
  • Red eyes
  • Diarrhea
  • Vomiting
  • Jaundice (yellowing of skin)
Which May Lead to…

Leptospirosis could be fatal. Individuals with this illness should be treated at once to keep severe complications at bay. These may include:

Preventing leptospirosis is never impossible. If your home is infested with pesky rats, hiring pest solution services is one way to get rid of rodents that might be carrying the disease. Also, wear protective footwear and clothing if you think you are working on a place where you might be exposed with the bacteria, especially when you are working in floodwater.

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