What if you are bitten by a rat
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If you are bitten by a rat, you shouldn't panic. The chances of you
getting seriously sick as a result of this are slim. In fact, there's a
good chance that you'll be just fine, with the exception of being a
little sore for a few days.
If the rat is in your home, you will want to make sure you get it out,
but seeing to any wounds you have is more important for right now. Wash
the wound, and take a look at it. Does it need medical attention, such
as stitches? After any kind of animal-inflicted wound, we would always
recommend that you seek medical advice.
Normal body reactions to a rat bite will include swelling, soreness,
maybe even bleeding for a while if the wound is quite bad. These
symptoms will go away by themselves, but if you start to notice that
your wound is weeping, turns a little off-color, or starts to fill with
pus, you should seek out medical attention. There is a good chance your
wound is infected.
If you are worried about the transmission of rabies from the rat, please
don't be. Although rats *can* carry the rabies virus, here have been
ZERO reported cases of a human contracting rabies from a rat bite.
Rats do have very sharp and quite long teeth, and these can inflict a
nasty wound. Rats that are fit and healthy would generally avoid humans,
rather than attacking them, and rat bites are actually relatively rare.
If you were to get too close to a rat in a trap, it would more than
likely go for your fingers. If you were to come across a rat in the same
room, however, it would much prefer to run away. This is very much the
case for most wild animals.
There are some diseases that are commonly associated with rats, and
these are all concerns to think about when you have been bitten by one.
A tetanus infection can occur if your vaccinations are not up to date,
and as well as rat fever (which is rare), Hantavirus and leptospirosis
are also spread via rats. This is why we would always advise that you
get yourself checked over if you have been bitten by anything - rats
If you do find yourself in the very rare situation where you have become
bitten from a rat and contracted "streptobacillary rat bite fever",
symptoms are often commonly mistaken for that of the flu, or a common
cold. Generally occurring around three to ten days after the bite /
source of infection, initial symptoms will include fever and chills,
headaches, muscle pains and aches, and also vomiting as well as joint
Leptospirosis is another nasty disease, spread in the urine and feces
from the rats. This can cause a number of body problems, but can lead to
liver and kidney problems, and even long-term damage. The urine and
feces of this animal can also cause cross-contamination with salmonella,
and we all know what it's like when that particular condition invades
your house. It's definitely not pleasant!
That's before you even get into the idea of ticks and fleas which, as
well know, wreak havoc, with your pets, on your skin, and even in your
Coming into contact with these rodents, in any capacity, is going to
come with some threats. This is why we would always recommend calling in
the professionals to ensure the job is done properly.
Go back to the Rats in the Attic home page. You can also read about Do rats attack human necks? or Do rats bite humans in their sleep?