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Common Mouse Diseases


A mouse is a small animal that belongs to the order of rodents. The most commonly seen mouse is the house mouse. Despite of the fact that they are not actual pets that a human buys and raises, they invade one’s home without being let in. the reasons that they do this are in search for both food and shelter.

Mice acknowledgement

Their existence is important in the food chain, as in they eat all types of food scraps and they can adapt to any environment and they as well represent food for other animals, such as cats, foxes, birds of prey, snakes etc. anyhow, their hearing and smell senses are very good and they tend to rely on those when wanting to locate food and predators. Their usage stands as well in being laboratory tested for any new creams, medicines etc. they are of usage in lab test because they are mammals and they as well share a high degree of homology with humans. Anyhow apart from the effects they are used for; they are as well rather bad for the human being. They can cause you to catch various mouse diseases, some more serious than others.

Mice diseases transmission

According to the latest information on the subject, mice can carry as much as over 35 mouse diseases. These can be transmitted directly or indirectly from the rodents. Despite of the general belief that mice bite humans just if they are provoked, there are some cases, rather often ones, of mice that bite without being provoked. The virus that they usually carry is the Hanta virus. This virus can be fatal if one does not take immediate action to beat it, as the signs appear.

These Mouse Diseases can be directly or indirectly transmitted. They can be directly transmitted through skin puncture, ingestion, rodent bite, rodent scratch, having contact with eyes, nose, or mouth, contact with rodent fecal matters, contact with carcass, direct contact with live mouse; while the indirect way of catching any of the Mouse Diseases, can be through contaminated water and food, or infected pet.

Mice diseases

Some examples of the possible Mouse Diseases one can face there are anaplasmosis, arboviral, atypical myocarditis, brucella infection, bubonic plague – red marks on treh skin that eventually turn black, heavy breathing and vomiting blood; California serogroup viruses, Colorado tick fever, E. coli, Eastern equine encephalitis, encephalitis, giardia infection, hemorrhagic fever with renal syndrome, HFRS, lassa fever, leptospirosis, lyme disease, murine typhus – treatable with antibiotics and it has symptpoms that are similar to those of measles or rubella; pneumonic plague, pulmonary capillary permeability, rat bite fever, relapsing fever, sin nombre virus, sylvatic typhus, tularemia – an ulcerated skin lesion, chills and headache fatigue; viremia, weil’s syndrome, west Nile encephalitis, yellow fever etc.

In case you are mouse bitten and you are therefore subjected to one of these Mouse Diseases, you should seek medical help immediately. If the bite breaks the skin, treat it as a minor wound, wash the wound with much soap and water and then pat dry, apply an antibiotic cream or some antiseptic solution and then cover it with a clean bandage, and if the bite starts to bleed, apply pressure in order to stop the bleeding.

If you see common home mice entering your house, you should call a professional pest agent in control.

By Bob Meadow, published at 04/02/2012
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