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Do Mice Carry Diseases?

Damage is not the only problem that occurs when rodents infest homes. Mice carry diseases that spread easily to humans. Pathogens in the rodents' waste affect both household surfaces and food.

What Diseases Do Mice Carry and Spread to Humans?

Diseases mice carry often have long-term effects on people and may even be fatal. Residents should be aware of the bacterial and viral infections linked to rodents, such as:

  • Leptospirosis – This illness spreads through food or water tainted with mouse feces.
  • Plague – While extremely rare, a bite from a flea or rodent infected with the bacteria can transfer plague.
  • Salmonellosis – The pests spread this mouse disease through contact with food and kitchen surfaces. Their urine and saliva carry the pathogen that causes infection.
  • Hantavirus – Deer mice are the main vectors of this illness. Once inhaled, airborne particles from their feces transmit the virus.

In addition, mice can spread diseases associated with the ticks, fleas, and other parasites they carry. Residents in mouse-infested homes may be at risk for tick fevers and Lyme disease.

Controlling Mice

Diseases mice carry can have serious consequences for homeowners. To avoid the health risks caused by rodents in the house, contact the experts at Critter Control for removal services.

Learn more about mouse removal.