Do Mice Carry Disease? 

Having a mouse in your house is never good news. Besides posing a threat to your wiring and furniture, they also spread diseases. Being around these pests warrants health concerns. If you suspect you’re sharing space with mice, you’ll want to hire an exterminator in West Palm Beach.

Diseases Mice Carry

Lyme Disease

Although ticks usually hide in shady areas of unmown lawns, they’ll gladly catch a ride on a mouse’s furry back into your home or place of business. If your lawn is a tick magnet and these pests manage to enter your property, they’ll put you and your family at risk for Lyme disease.

The bacterium Borrelia burgdorferi, which causes Lyme disease, can be transmitted to humans through bites of infected ticks. Moreover, its symptoms include headache, fever, fatigue, and a skin rash called erythema migrans.

Plague

Likewise, mice can also carry fleas with the bacterium Yersinia pestis, which caused the Bubonic plague that killed millions of people in Europe during the Middle Ages. You could contract this disease after being bitten by a rodent flea carrying the plague bacterium or direct contact with an infected animal.

Its symptoms include chills, abdominal pain, fever, fatigue, and bleeding into other organs. Furthermore, the plague may cause the skin on fingers, toes, and the nose to turn black and die.

Lymphocytic Choriomeningitis (LCM)

A house mouse can carry lymphocytic choriomeningitis virus (LCMV) that causes a viral infection called lymphocytic choriomeningitis (LCM). You can contract LCM upon exposure to fresh mouse droppings, urine, nesting materials, and saliva. Moreover, symptoms of this rodent-borne viral infectious disease are similar to those of influenza: a lack of appetite, nausea, vomiting, fever, muscle aches, and headache.

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