Mice and Rats are notorious for spreading the Bubonic Plague which wiped out a third of the population in Europe at one point. While the plague is now treatable with antibiotics, rats can still spread many diseases, including:
Hantavirus – This virus attacks the respiratory system, and there are currently no cures or vaccines. When nesting materials, droppings and urine from mice and rats are moved around or stirred up, this virus can become airborne. It also is spread through rat bites.
Lymphocytic Choriomeningitis – Around 5% of mice in the U.S. carry this virus, and it can be spread from exposure to urine, droppings, nesting materials, saliva and bites. Although it is rare that this becomes life threatening, irreversible neurologic disease can occur.
Salmonella – Known around the world, this food-borne illness can cause serious damage to you and your loved ones. Although mice generally only eat a small amount of food in a day, they are known to contaminate up to ten times as much as they eat