Rodent Borne Diseases and The Zombie Apocalypse
There are so many things to worry about these days like, nuclear war, global warming, the zombie apocalypse, among others. There are also diseases to think about, many of which can be rodent-borne, like Hantavirus, the Plague, rat bite fever, to name a few. Now we can add one more to add to the list, lymphocytic choriomeningitis virus, or LCMV for those who prefer an alphabetic abbreviation.
LCMV is a nasty virus carried by an estimated 5% of mice and other small rodents. Even hamsters can be carriers, which means that anyone coming in contact with an infected hamster would be at risk. Humans can contract the disease from contact with fresh urine, feces and saliva or by a bite from an infected rodent. It is most commonly seen when the weather starts turning cold and the critters start to find ways into homes for warmth.
The virus starts out with flu-like symptoms, fever, head and muscle aches, nausea and vomiting. The second stage turns into a neurological disease, like meningitis or encephalitis, with the possibility of serious consequences. More severe complications could develop if a pregnant woman becomes infected, as the mother could pass the infection to the fetus.
Fortunately, LCMV can be prevented fairly easily by avoiding contact with mice and any droppings they may leave. Homeowners can seal up any holes or gaps they might find with a silicone based caulk. Plugging holes with steel wool works too, as rodents can’t chew through it to get in. A combination of both, caulk and steel wool will ensure that absolutely no unwanted rodents gain access to your home.
So really, there isn’t a lot to worry about, just using good sense can keep you and your family safe from rodent-borne diseases. No sense making yourself crazy, just rodent-proof your home and avoid contact with mice and their droppings. Easy.
Zombies? You’re on your own!
As far as the other things go, like the zombie apocalypse, you can probably use the same common sense tips, zombie-proof your home and try to avoid any zombie bites; other than that, you’re on your own.