Study reveals rats in NYC carry variety of infectious bacteria

October 15, 2014 3:33 PM

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Study reveals rats in NYC carry variety of infectious bacteria

The first-of-its-kind study showed the rodents carrying an average of two bacteria capable of causing gastrointestinal problems for humans and the Seoul hantavirus, which causes a potentially life-threatening fever and kidney failure. There were 133 rats from five locations used in the study. The findings included the E. coli and salmonella bacteria.

A new study of the city’s rat population exposed the rodents as four-legged petri dishes carrying an assortment of infectious bacteria and the Seoul hantavirus — which can cause an Ebola-like fever.

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