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    Esther Rantzen

    What diseases can I catch from rats?


    Rats may be cute pets to some but they are the hosts to an array of diseases. If you are injured as the result of an accident involving rats which is somebody else’s fault then you may be eligible for compensation. Call Accident Advice Helpline’s freephone number to discuss it with one of our friendly advisors.

    Weil’s Disease (Leptospirosis)

    This is a bacterial infection that is carried by cattle as well as rats and can be passed on to humans through urine, most commonly as a result of drinking or swimming in contaminated freshwater with open wounds. In the UK there are usually less than 40 cases of Weil’s each year although in other countries such as Australia and France the reported cases are much higher. If you contract the illness abroad you may be entitled to travel accident compensation.  Symptoms are similar to flu but in the second phase they can get much more severe with jaundice and failure of the liver and kidneys being extreme reactions. Early treatment can prevent these conditions developing.

    Lymphocytic choriomeningitis

    This is a viral disease, transmitted through urine and saliva of rats and can cause long-term effects depending on the individual.

    Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome

    This is a viral disease carried by the rice rat. It infrequently is spread by a rat bite but more commonly from inhaling dust contaminated by rat urine or faeces or direct contact with them. It can cause difficulty with breathing and can prove fatal.

    Rat-bite Fever

    As the name suggest this is transmitted through a bite or scratch or contact with dead rats, is a bacterial illness and is fatal in 10 per cent of untreated cases.

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    Salmonella

    Eating food or water that has been contaminated by rat droppings causes this disease. It can cause fatal gastrointestinal problems if untreated in the young and elderly and usually results in cramps, vomiting and nausea for up to 7 days.

    Bubonic Plague

    This disease is famously carried by rats but actually transmitted to humans by fleas. It is incredibly dangerous and large numbers can be killed in just a few days although it is possible to treat with antibiotics.

    Colorado Tick Fever

    A viral disease that is transmitted to humans from the bite of a tick and carried by the bushy-tailed wood rat.

    Cutaneous Leishmaniasis

    A parasite that is transmitted to humans by infected sand fly bites and carried by wild woodrats.

    Accident Advice Helpline has years of experience dealing with personal injury claims specialising in accidents at work and slips, trips and falls among others so you will be in the best possible hands following up your claim with us. Call 0800 689 0500 to get started.

    Date Published: July 22, 2015

    Author: Accident Advice

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