The CDC Report: Diseases Directly Transmitted by Mice and Other Rodents Part One

Mice are a nuisance in homes when they invade pantries and contaminate food, but these aren’t the only problems they cause. These rodents can also spread diseases to humans, which puts you and your family at risk. It’s important to be aware of some of the diseases that mice carry and get prompt help from Monmouth County pest control if you have an infestation.

Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome

Deer mice and white-footed mice carry this respiratory disease, which can become fatal in some cases. You can catch this virus by inhaling contaminated dust that has been exposed to mouse feces or urine. Direct contact with these mice or bites from these mice can also put you at risk.


Mice in general can spread this bacterial illness to people. Leptospirosis doesn’t always cause symptoms, but it can lead to life-threatening complications. These complications include meningitis and kidney problems. You can get leptospirosis when you consume contaminated food or water, or when this bacteria enters your mucus membranes.

Lymphocytic Chorio-mengitis

This disease, known as LCM, can cause serious brain inflammation and other complications. House mice are known to spread this viral illness. You can get it by inhaling contaminated dust, being bitten or having direct contact with these rodents.

If your home has mice in it, our Monmouth County pest control professionals can help. Contact Allison Pest Control to learn more about our rodent control services.

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