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The Danger of Hantavirus with Rat Infestation

Anyone who has been in contact or around mice and rats should always be careful as according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention informational brochure “…Only some kinds of mice and rats can give people hantaviruses that can cause HPS. In North America, they are the deer mouse, the white-footed mouse, the rice rat, and the cotton rat. It is important to take preventive measures from contracting the HPS and to call our reputable rat extermination services in the Greater Toronto Area to address the issue immediately. As we live in uncertain times, things cannot be left to chance and swift action must be taken against any threat to one’s health. For restaurant owners, knowing how to keep your restaurant mouse and rat-free is not only important to keep your restaurant running, but it also important for the sake of your customers’ safety.

However, not every deer mouse, white-footed mouse, rice rat, or cotton rat carries the hantavirus. Other rodents, such as house mice, roof rats, and Norway rats, have never been known to give people. Since it is hard to tell if a mouse or a rat carries a hantavirus, it is best to avoid all wild mice and rats and to safely clean up any rodent urine, rat poop, or nests in your home. Dogs and cats cannot give people hantavirus infections…”

The rodents deposit the virus in their urine, droppings, and salvia through which it can be transmitted through inhalation in air contaminated by the virus. When fresh rodent urine, droppings, or nesting materials are pushed up by an external force this is known as airborne transmission. There are various ways a hantavirus might spread to other people and these are when a rodent with the virus bites someone. Although this is a very rare occurrence. Scientists suspect that people might get infected by the virus if they touch and object or substance that has been in contact with rodent urine, droppings, or salvia. To make matters even worse is that scientists also suspect that people can become sick when eating food contaminated by urine, droppings, or salvia by an infected rodent that is why it is very important to rat-proof every restaurant in Toronto. 

Any man, woman, or child can get infected by the hantavirus who is around mice and or rats. You do not have to be sick as anyone is at risk of getting the virus regardless. Cases have been found all across the United States except Alaska and Hawaii. People who get HPS will start to feel sick from one to five weeks after they were around mice or rats carrying the hantavirus. In its initial stages, people will have the following symptoms: fever, severe muscle aches feeling fatigued. A few days later people may experience a hard time breathing. Some people might experience these symptoms: have headaches, dizziness, chills, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and stomach pain. Usually, people do not have a runny nose, sore throat, or a rash. Call the Exterminators inc for professional pest control services in Toronto