|Nothing to panic over, but I'll do my job I suppose.
||[Jan. 3rd, 2006|11:51 pm]
It looks like I returned to a chaotic scene. I was going to post class requirements and the like, but I guess I'll hold that off and help out a little.. Well, I've heard all over the network about this rodent problem, so I really think I should briefly inform you all about any significant knowledge pertaining to the situation.
The most likely problem to worry about at the moment is allergies. Some of you may be allergic to the mice dander and others may have flea allergy which mice do have. These mice may also carry hantaviruses. While most hantaviruses don't harm people, some can cause a rare but deadly disease called hantavirus pulmonary syndrome (HPS). Any person - regardless of age or gender - can get HPS. Salmonellosis (bacterial food poisoning) is also something to consider.
Infected mice transmit diseases in their wastes and saliva. When these things listed above are stirred up, tiny droplets containing diseases get into the air and you end up breathing it in. This is the most common way of contracting them. Eating food contaminated from an infected rodent, touching something that's contaminated, then touching your nose, eyes, or mouth, and rodent bites, although this is rare, are all ways to catch a disease as well.
If you begin to feel ill, feverish, fatigue, severe muscle aches, or difficulty breathing seek medical attention immediately. It's better to be safe than sorry.
I have to recommend to you all of the best ways to control this. The most logical solution is to keep the mice out of your rooms, obviously. Please clean your rooms frequently and carefully, especially of food, so you don't attract mice in the first place. Also, clean up any droppings or dead rodents you find immediately and use gloves for protection and other safe disinfectants afterward. Lastly, while I would rather not, it is the most effective and safest method of eliminating these mice, I would higly suggest that anyone with a pet cat allow them to roam the dorm halls and their suites at this time.
This may be obvious already for some, but I must remind you all that you never handle these mice or get near them while they are still alive.
If you have any questions or other concerns, feel free to contact me.