CDC Details Diseases Directly Carried to Humans by Rodents – What to Know

Rodents are known to get into food and chew holes in walls and other surfaces, but did you know that they can also spread diseases? Rats and mice can spread these sicknesses through indirect and direct means. Learn more about some of the diseases rodents can spread directly to people and pets. Keep in mind that you’ll need to call a Rumson exterminator right away if you have a rodent problem in your home.

Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome

This disease is transmitted by deer mice, white-footed mice and other rodents in North America. You can catch hantavirus from bite wounds or direct contact with these rodents, their droppings or urine. You might also catch this disease if you breathe in contaminated dust.


Rodents in general can spread leptospirosis to humans and other animals. You can get this disease if you eat food or touch water that’s contaminated with infected urine. Leptospirosis also spreads through mucus membranes and skin when you’re exposed to contaminated soil or water.

Rat-bite Fever

Rat-bite fever is spread by several rat species. This bacterial infection can occur when you eat or drink food or touch water that’s been contaminated with rat droppings. You can also catch rat-bite fever from bites or scratches that come from an infected rat or from handling a dead rat.

If you have rats or mice in your home, contact Allison Pest Control for a Rumson exterminator. We can safely deal with rodents in your home to prevent the spread of diseases.

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