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To protect, promote and improve the health of our community

Worldwide, rats and mice spread over 35 diseases. In the Eastern United States, the most common diseases spread by rodents include Hantavirus, Salmonella, LCMV, Rat-Bite fever, and Tularemia. 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.

How to Prevent Rodent Infestations

Physical Signs of Rodent Infestation

Rodent infestations can pose a hazard to the public and are considered a nuisance.  Environmental Services can help with identifying and removing infestations. Click here to file a nuisance complaint with MCHD’s Environmental Services branch.


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