Yes, they can, but what kind of diseases they carry, depends entirely on several factors: The environment, their exposure, and whether they have inherited the disease.
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Mice are known to carry 25 diseases! So being around mice or for that matter rats may have negative consequences even if direct contact was not even involved. This is because soils and substances that have been in direct contact with feces, urine, or feces can be stirred up and can transfer – via what is called – airborne transmission where the particles of these substances can travel by air and get transferred through inhalation.
One of the most well-known viruses that rodents carry and that some mice are actually born with is the Hantavirus. Contracting the Hantavirus is extremely rare despite the notoriety of it. Once the virus is contracted, it leads to a diseases called the Hantavirus Pulmonary Disease. It’s a disease characterized by fever, chills, headache, or muscle pain in its initial stages.
As time progresses, it will become harder to breathe. The virus is mostly carried by Deer Mice and is prevalent in North and South America. Hemorrhagic Fever with Renal Syndrome is a group of clinically similar illnesses caused by a family of the Hantavirus. The virus is primarily found in China, Russia, and the two Koreas. People can get infected by the virus through the aerosolized transmission of the feces, urine, and salvia from the exposure of infected rodents. Mice who carry this virus are the striped field mice. When somebody has the Hemorrhagic Fever with Renal Syndrome (HFS) symptoms might not even show until two weeks after.
Initially, symptoms begin suddenly and include intense headaches, back, and abdominal pain, fever, chills, nausea, and blurred vision. Certain people may experience may have flushing of the face, inflammation or redness of the eyes, or a rash. Later symptoms can include low blood pressure, acute shock, vascular leakage, and acute kidney failure, which can cause severe fluid overload.
Among other illnesses that rodents are known to carry according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention are the Lassa Fever, Leptospirosis, Lymphocytic Chorio Mengitis (LCM), Omsk Hemorrhagic Fever, The Plague, Rat Bite Fever, Salmonellosis, and South-American Arena Viruses.
It is advised to stay away from mice and rats in general and to keep a good distance. If you need help with your mouse presence in your commercial or residential property, contact Mouse Control! Our technicians have been in the field for more than a decade and have declared thousands of properties mouse-free! Call our customer service specialists now to receive free consultation and to book your next appointment!