Do rats carry rabies?
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Believe it not, the chance of getting rabies from an
infected rat is actually pretty rare. Sadly, rabies is the
least of your concerns when it comes to these rodents - they
are well known for carrying a wide range of infections and
dangerous diseases and conditions, some of which could
actually kill you, the circumstances being right.
Certain rodents and small mammals however, such as mice,
rats, gerbils, guinea pigs, squirrels and hamsters, although
CAN carry rabies, actually do not. It is very rare to find
these animals with the infection, and even rarer for them to
pass the infections and diseases on to humans. Even if they
were infected, the chances of that infection being passed on
to humans are slim to none.
Itís the maggots and flies that you really need to worry
about, as well as the disease threats present in the
animalís feces. The young rats especially were known to
carry a huge number of both of fly eggs on their fur,
particularly when the weather got warmer during the summer
months. One of the biggest ways for rats to naturally die in
the wild is by a wound infestation of maggots - a fly laying
its eggs in the wound on the rat. A few rats have even been
known to carry bot fly larvae, and I'm sure you've all seen
how gross those videos are. Theyíve done the rounds on
social media a few times.
The short story about rats is this - they might not carry
rabies but they do still carry enough diseases, some of
which potentially fatal, to know that having them in your
home is a very bad idea. Get them out, keep them out, and
make sure you are protecting yourself - you, your home and
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