When most people think of the plaque, they harken back to medieval times, when the “Black Death” swept over Europe and killed half of the continent’s population. The plague is very much alive and well today, with cases reported in New Mexico as recently as this year, and it is spread through contaminated animal contact, particularly through infected rodents.
Poor sanitation conditions gave rise to the spread of the “Black Death,” and that is still true in today’s cases of the plague. Unsanitary kitchens, improper garbage disposal, and an overall lack of cleanliness attract mice, which carry 11 widely known diseases.
In addition to the plague, mice are transmitters of food-borne illnesses like Salmonella, E. coli, and Listeria. This presents a huge problem for the restaurant industry, where it is reported by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention that 48 percent of foodborne disease outbreaks occurred at sit-down food establishments in their 2015 findings.
Domestically, mice wreak havoc for homeowners by gnawing through drywall and in some cases, causing fires if they get a hold of appliance wiring. Mice are also not picky eaters; they will chew anything and everything they can get their mousy paws on, and they will use trash or food wrappers to build their nests. Additionally, eating food or drink containing mice urine can lead to Leptospirosis and other life-threatening diseases.
The diseases that infect human populations will never fully be eradicated so long as these pests exist, which is why it is necessary to spot cases of them quickly and exterminate them thoroughly so that they can’t spread and contaminate future populations.
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