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Rat diseases symptoms in humans

The dangerous thing about many of the diseases that rats often bring with them when they enter a home or commercial building, is that they can take a few days to show themselves. Not just that, the first symptoms actually look a little bit like a common cold or the flu at first too. It might take you a little bit longer to realize that you have something that won't just go away by itself after a few days. By the time you've realized you might not have a cold or flu symptoms, like you first thought, the infection will have worked some pretty serious magic on your body, causing all sorts of detrimental effects. Rabies, for example, is one disease that needs treatment almost immediately. If you wait until the time you have symptoms, it's already a little late. Treatment is much more difficult.

Luckily, rabies isn't something you will need to worry about with rats. It has been shown that the rodent CAN carry the rabies the virus, and they DO have the potential to pass the infection on to other animals, rodents or otherwise, and also to humans too. However, this is incredibly rare. In fact, there aren't actually any documented cases of this happening, so it is almost assumed that the rats you come across WON'T have rabies.

Just because you don't need to worry about rabies, doesn't mean you have nothing to worry about, however. There are a string of diseases associated with rats, all passed on in very simple ways, such as via contaminated food or water sources, utensils, etc. Almost of all of them come with those flu-like symptoms that we spoke of previously.

When you get symptoms such as a fever, headaches, muscle aches and pains, it is easy to shrug them off - you're feeling under the weather, a bit down, perhaps you have a cold on the way. Two days pass and you feel worse, then three days. Four days. Five days. At what point do you go to the doctor? And what do you tell them? You have flu-like symptoms that don't seem to be going away? Leptospirosis, for example, is a disease that can take a week or more to show symptoms, and the earliest symptoms are often a headache, chills, nausea and vomiting, muscle pains and aches, eye redness, a rash on the skin, an upset stomach …

Leptospirosis is also a disease that humans (and other animals) can contract without even knowing about it. It is often passed on via urine - the urine contains bacteria which is then ingested by other humans and animals. Once the bacteria are in the body, they are free to do their work, which usually involves making you quite poorly indeed.

There are a number of diseases that rats can pass to humans that come with early symptoms just like these, and they are very generic symptoms. This is what makes those infections and conditions that are passed on via rats quite difficult to diagnose. The longer they are left untreated, the more damage they can do, and in some cases these disease can actually be fatal - they CAN and WILL kill if left undiagnosed and untreated.

The only way that you can be sure you do not invite these diseases into your home is to ensure the rats and other rodents (and other animals too, in fact) can't gain access to your property. Don't leave food lying around in the yard, enticing wandering wild critters to come in and take a closer look. Be clean and tidy, and keep up to date with home maintenance, and the threat of these diseases won't be your biggest concern.

For more rat information, visit our rat removal tips page, or for more specific how-to instructions, read the how to get rid of rats page with 6 step-by-step instructions. If you have a problem with rats above your ceiling in your house, read my rats in the attic guide. The most important part of rat control is sealing shut entry holes into the building, but after you've done that, you'll want to know how to kill rats humanely to complete the rat control job.

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