Rats carry tons of diseases, and often not just mild diseases either. The Bubonic Plague was brought to Europe via rats on ships, and that wiped out one third of the European population! Here is a list of some of the more common diseases they carry:
Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome: Rare but can be deadly. Occurs when humans breathe the air around rat waste.
Murine Typhus: Transmitted to human through the fleas that rats sometimes have.
Rat-bite fever: Self-explanatory, but humans can also get it from drinking water with rat feces in it. It is a bacterial infection.
Salmonella enterica serovar Typhimurium: Like typhoid, but not usually deadly unless a baby or elderly person gets it and does not get it treated.
Leptospirosis: Can cause no symptoms at all, or can cause kidney damage and meningitis. Rarely deadly though. This one is also a bacterial infection.
Eosinophilic Meningitis: Happens when the worms that rats sometimes have get inside the human body. The worms attack the white blood cells and the brain.
yes. Rats definately carry rabies and all the other germs that comes from it’s surroundings and possibly other animals.
Rats can actually carry the bubonic plague, even in the present day. This is no longer a killer of millions, as it was in Europe in the middle ages, but the “Black Death” has stricken modern-day humans in places like New York City!
Sorry, in defense of rats, yes, wild ones CAN carry disease, HOWEVER, it’s not the rat itself necessarily.
Some of the diseases, such as the plague, weren’t the fault of the rats, but the FLEAS that lived on the rats. The fleas would hop a ride on the backs of the rats, and bite the humans, and next thing you know, you’ve got people dying from the plague.
And let’s not remove the human equation from this picture. If humans hadn’t been so filthy, just dumping their trash right on the streets and on their front porches, etc., the rats wouldn’t have been foraging for food so close to homes, and fewer people would have been exposed to the fleas…
Wild rats can, and do, carry things like hantavirus, etc., but they often take the rap for things that aren’t always their fault.
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