Common Diseases Gophers Carry As rodents, gophers can carry diseases like LCM, hantavirus, leptospirosis, and plaque. Fever, headaches, chills, muscle pains, and vomiting are common symptoms of these illnesses. Since gopher diseases are spread through the exchange of bodily fluids, being bitten by an infected gopher puts humans at risk of contracting one of the aforementioned ailments. Control & Removal In order to prevent infection, avoid handling or feeding gophers, and clean any bite wounds with soap and water. When gophers become a health issue or create other problems, contact Critter Control to remove the pests.