Have you seen mice in your house? These rodents are common animal invaders to homes during the fall when the weather starts getting cold.
Once mice are in the house, you have to get rid of them. Nobody wants an uninvited guest in the house that poops everywhere!
That’s a good enough reason to get rid of mice in the house. But are there others?
Do mice in the house carry disease?
Yes, house mice can carry diseases. They can transmit diseases to humans and pets through droppings, bites, fleas, lice, mites, and ticks.
What diseases do mice carry?
- Rat-bite fever
- The plague
Mice Disease Symptoms
Salmonella symptoms include gastrointestinal pain, vomiting, and diarrhea. Salmonella is most commonly spread through with mice droppings that have come in contact with food or water.
Earliest symptoms of the hantavirus include chills, muscle aches, and fever. Advanced symptoms of hantavirus include a dry cough, headache, shortness of breath, nausea, vomiting, and fatigue. Hantavirus is spread by breathing dust contaminated by the droppings or urine of an infected mouse.
Leptospirosis is a bacteria that is spread through mouse urine. Symptoms of leptospirosis include high fever, head and muscle aches, vomiting, diarrhea, and jaundice (yellowing of skin color).
Rat bite fever
This disease is spread by the bite of a mouse or a rat. Rat bite fever can also be spread through the handling of an infected mouse or through food or water that has come in contact with a diseased mouse. The symptoms include fever, body aches, vomiting and a red rash with small bumps.
Nobody wants any of these, but if you end up with the plague, people are going to wonder if you’re some kind of holdout from medieval times. Symptoms depend on which type of the plague is contracted: bubonic, septicemic and pneumonic.
Early symptoms for any type of the plague are high fevers and extreme weakness. Bubonic plague symptoms also include swollen and painful lymph nodes. Septicemic plague symptoms include abdominal pain, shock, and bleeding into the skin and other organs. Pneumonic plague is characterized by respiratory failure and shock. It can be spread through handling an infected mouse or from flea bites from an infected mouse. Once contracted by a human, it can be spread from human to human.