Is rat feces dangerous to touch or breathe?
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Is rat feces dangerous to touch or breathe?



Rats are known to carry a variety of diseases, and some of these may be passed on to humans through rat feces. Leptospirosis can lead to liver or kidney damage, and it may be contracted through the inhalation or handling of scat. Possible complications of the disease include liver or renal failure and cardiovascular problems.

Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome (HPS) is a disease known to be transmitted by rats and the victims may be debilitated or may experience some problems when they breathe. Hantavirus is a disease that can be transmitted to humans if they inhale airborne particles of rat droppings or urine that may be present in the case of a rat infestation. The disease may also be spread by direct contact with the urine or rat feces or through the bite of a rat. The first symptoms of this virus may be mistaken for the flu. The patients may suffer breathing difficulties and it could be fatal when they are not treated quickly in an effective manner.

In order to avoid Hantavirus, the nest materials and the feces of the rats should be completely removed from your home. The suspected areas have to be sprayed with disinfectant and then thoroughly swept in order to avoid contracting the airborne disease. You have to put on gloves so that you may safely handle the rodent droppings and you should wear a mask as well. The building has to be aired out after the infestation, but keep in mind that not all rodents are carriers of the Hantavirus. The most common transmitters are white footed mice, rice rats, cotton rats and others. It is always advised to be careful when it comes to dealing with a rodent infestation, and many people choose to let the pest control professionals take care of the problem to avoid any health risks.

Although not all rat feces will cause diseases if touched or inhaled, it is always better to be safe than sorry. Take all precautions to avoid touching or breathing in the feces or any particles thereof while cleaning your home after an infestation or while in the midst of experiencing a rat problem. In addition to causing diseases, some people will experience an allergic reaction to rat feces. It can cause people to sneeze repeatedly or have a different allergic reaction. It is best to avoid the feces whenever possible.

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