What Is Weil’s Disease And How Is It Hazardous?
Pests are notorious for spreading a wide range of diseases and conditions. One of the worst of these is Weil’s disease (also known as Leptospirosis.) This disease is commonly associated with rodents. But why is it so serious, how does it spread, and what can you do about it?
What the public needs to know about Weil’s disease
As mentioned, this disease is commonly spread by active rodents such as rats and mice. This condition is caused by bacteria. The bacteria is found in the urine of rodents. If you come into contact with this urine, then there’s a good chance you’ll develop the disease.
This can also happen if you come into contact with something contaminated by the urine. This can include anything from water, soil to food. This is generally how humans are infected with this condition. Rats and mice eat human food. They then urinate nearby. Humans encounter this urine and are infected.
But what are the symptoms of Weil’s disease? If infected you’ll experience things like fever, headaches, muscle pain, chills, and vomiting. When left untreated, you may also experience kidney and liver damage. In some cases, Weil’s disease can even lead to death.
That being said, it’s not difficult to treat this rat carried disease. A short round of antibiotics will take care of the infection. Despite that, this isn’t something you’ll want to go through. The point here is that rodent infestations should be taken seriously. Do not ignore even a single rat. If you know there are rodents in your home, or business, then get rid of them.
How can you take precautions against Weil’s disease?
First of all to prevent rodents, take care of your food. Make sure that all food is stored in plastic containers which seal tightly. Do not leave food in bags and boxes. Rodents can effortlessly chew through these. Also, make sure that food is placed in cupboards that close firmly. If you do both of these things, you should be safe from Weil’s disease – even if the rodents remain.
Another area where you should exercise caution, is in cleaning up after rodents. Never directly touch a rodent, or a rodent’s nest. Always wear rubber gloves when picking up dead rodents or handling one of their nests. Also, make sure to thoroughly wash your hands afterwards.
Be just as careful when cleaning up their faeces. Rodent faeces may contain Hantavirus. This spreads when faeces particles become airborne, and we breathe them in. That’s why you should also wear a face mask when cleaning up after rodents.
Better yet, hire a professional to take care of your rodent issues. We have the necessary PPE required to safely deal with this issue. That way, you do not have to worry about your own health and safety.