Weighing less than an ounce, mice carry with them very real threats to human health far in excess to their tiny size. They are capable of transmitting — directly and indirectly — several different diseases to people. While most homes harbor mice occasionally, it’s important to consider the risks and eliminate any possibility of coexistence on a continual long term basis. Consider these threats to the health and safety of your family:
) – Generally this bacterial disease is transmitted by rodent feces coming in contact with human food. Symptoms include diarrhea, headache and fever.
– A skin fungus that can be contracted from mice. The affliction has also been known to be passed to cats, then to their human owners.
– A common skin irritation. One of the many different causes (beyond Ohio’s notoriously tough winter weather conditions) of the ailment stems from bites of mites living in homes infested by mice.
– The parasite can be transmitted to humans consuming food contaminated by contact with rodent feces.
– Caused by exposure to rodent urine in food or through dermal contact via small cuts or abrasions in a human’s skin.
– Characterized by a rash similar to chicken pox, this disease is transmitted to humans through the bite of mite infesting house mice.
Note: Your doctor knows best! The descriptions provided above are only intended to provide awareness of the risks involving the presence of mice in a human home. Any medical concerns regarding human health should be directed to your medical professional.