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Not common: Good that it is not common in humans in the U.S. It has showed up in hawaii and louisiana. Some of the things it can lead to are serious. ...Read more
Rat caecum: Well im not a vet but ill tell you what i know. A rat has the ability to digest cellulose which is present in all plants. A rat is able to do this because of the caecum. The caecum contains the symbiotic bacteria and cellulase enzyme that are responsible for breaking down cellulose from plant materials. I hope this was helpful ...Read more
Tetanus up to date?: A bite, or any wound, is a tetanus prone injury. Be sure your tetanus immunizations are up to date. If not, get treated. Rabies is rarely gotten from rodent bites (because small animals usually die from the bite of a rabid predator. Rabies is a big problem in Pakistan because of the low rate of pet vaccination. Get checked. ...Read more
Rat urination: Anyone rat or person urinating in a pool will dilute in the pool water. There would have to be a lot of urine or not much water for it to be a problem. Is the pool chlorinated? If it is properly chlorinated this would decrease the risk. Rodent urine and droppings can be a concern, however the problems have been more of an issue with fresh water, rodents urinating on cans, or contaminated dust. ...Read more
Wash the wound: Wash the wound with clean tap water and soap, based on how deep is the wound , location of the wound further steps are decided by the physician when you make a trip to er for getting evaluated, defintely a tetanus shot and the need for antibiotic as prophylactic to prevent infection and the need for prophylaxis with rabies immunization is decided after inspecting the location, severity of the wound. ...Read more
We live in nice highrise along the harbor. Not uncommon to hear of rat sightings. What is our risk if in contact with one?
35 Diseases: Worldwide, rats and mice spread over 35 diseases. These diseases can be spread to humans directly, through handling of rodents, through contact with rodent feces, urine, or saliva, or through rodent bites. Diseases carried by rodents can also be spread to humans indirectly, through ticks, mites or fleas that have fed on an infected rodent. See http://www.Cdc.Gov/rodents/. ...Read more