What Kind of Disease Does a Mouse Spread?
Mice can spread disease to your family.
Mice are rodents, and they spread several of the same diseases as rats. They are found in many Bay Area homes that will require attic cleaning services to remove contaminates. Mice use walls to travel between the floors of a home, leaving behind disease-ridden droppings that are harmful to humans. Mouse-spread diseases include:
All rodents can transmit Lyme disease, but deer mice are the most common vectors. Ticks from infected mice bite a human, transferring the disease. Common symptoms include skin lesions, fever, headaches, and joint pain. Often misdiagnosed, treatment is available, but symptoms can be severe.
Salmonella (Food Poisoning).
Primarily caused by eating contaminated food, this disease causes gastrointestinal pain, vomiting and diarrhea. Symptoms range from mild to severe, including death.
Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome.
This disease is spread through contact with mouse droppings, especially when feces contaminate food or water. Breathing dust contaminated with mice feces and receiving bite wounds can also lead to infection. Symptoms include flu-like aches and pains, renal failure and severe respiratory distress. Extreme cases can be fatal.
This house mouse specific disease is caused when mouse mites bite humans. It is mostly found in American cities with a high human-to-mouse population. Lesions appear on the skin followed by fever, headache, and a rash. Treatment with antibiotics results in a full recovery.
Since these animals are smaller than rats, you need an expert Bay Area rodent proofing company that understands this difference.