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In New York City three cases of the rodent-related disease Leptospirosis have been reported recently. One of the three cases of Leptospirosis even proved to be fatal to the person that was infected by the diseased rodent. Leptospirosis is transferred from the rodent host to the victim by coming into contact with infected rat urine. The three instances of this disease were located in the Grand Concourse neighborhood of the Bronx, as reported by the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.  The disease itself is rare but the recent report of these three cases might be a sign of a possible outbreak.

Leptospirosis is an infection caused by bacteria that can cause mild symptoms like headaches, muscle pains, fevers, but it also has more severe side effects. The more severe side effects include bleeding from lungs, or meningitis, and even kidney failure. It is estimated that seven to ten million people are infected by this diseases each year. The majority of cases happen in developing countries in coastal or tropical areas, but can occur anywhere. The severity of pest related diseases is highlighted in this current issue, and shows just how important a pest management plan can be to public safety.

The two others who were infected with Leptospirosis were released from the hospital after treatment. The NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene has made an information sheet with important information on Leptospirosis available here. If you have rodents or any other pest in your home call us today at B&B Pest Control. Let us protect you and your family from pests today! The key to B & B Pest Control’s mice pest control service is our exclusion work. We’ll inspect your basement, closets and behind appliances to find rodent access points. Once they’ve been located B & B Pest Control will bait the holes and seal them up to prevent the mice from getting back in. Don’t let you or your family become a victim of pests contact us today!

 

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