Rat Related Diseases in Humans
I'm not an expert when it comes to the types of
diseases that humans can contract from rats. I'm
sure not all rat-related diseases are contagious
to humans, but I have read of several lists of
diseases that humans can, in fact, catch from
rats. I suspect that many of these may be through
transmission via contaminated food, or by contact
with rat droppings, but I'm sure some are also
transmitted directly from the animals. It's
important to recognize that rats are not
aggressive animals. They won't chase you down and
attack you. They won't even bite you in your
sleep. Rats are cowards, and they don't want to
approach something 100x as large as themselves.
Still, they will eat whatever they can get their
mouths on, and they're known carriers or disease
and pestilence. The most famous rat-related
disease is of course the bubonic plague, but of
course that's very rare now ...though I did read
about a recent case discovered in California. A
little research indicates that diseases
transmittable to humans from rats include: Rat
Bite Fever, Murine Typhus, Salmonellosis
(bacterial food poisoning), Leptospirosis (Weils
Disease), Trichinosis, Rickettsial Disease,
Melioidosid, Pasteurellosis, and Brucellosis,
possibly among others. I'm not going to pretend
that I know anything about these diseases,
although I do understand Salmonellosis, and I do
know that most rat droppings contain salmonella. I
also know of colleagues who have become seriously
ill as a result of dealing with animal feces, and
I am very careful when handling them. I always
wear gloves and a HEPA filter mask.
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