1 dead, 2 sick from disease linked to rats in the Bronx

1 dead, 2 sick from disease linked to rats in the Bronx

Ronald Pratt
February 16, 2017

One person has died and two others are sick after they contracted a disease linked to the exposure of rat urine in the Bronx.

New York City health officials have identified the cases - all on one city block in the Bronx.

One person died and two more fell seriously ill after contracting a disease that commonly spreads through "contact with rat urine", according to the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.

According to people living in the building, the rats have been an issue for years, and nothing has been done.

The disease is extremely rare and New York City generally sees just one to three cases per year, a department of health spokeswoman told Patch.

The Health Department urges people to avoid rats and wash thoroughly if you do come in contact with them. Florence Howard, one of the residents, said, "They run from underneath your stove, your refrigerator, my apartment is very clean, but it just doesn't matter".

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Leptospriosis (also called Weil's disease) is spread through rat or animal fluids, and can enter the human body through small cuts in the skin or through the eyes, nose and mouth.

It is serious, but can be treated with antibiotics.

Representatives from the city's health department were stationed in the lobby of 750 Grand Concourse Tuesday night, where they handed out notices to tenants warning them of the cluster of cases. Rarely, infected persons may develop a life-threatening illness that affects their kidneys and liver.

Between 2006 and 2016, there were only 26 cases of leptospirosis reported among New York City residents. Leptospirosis Precautions: - Avoid contact with rats or with places where rats may have urinated.

The health department is working with housing and building officials, as well as building owners to try to deal with rodent infestations, according to the agency.

If you can not avoid areas where rats have been seen, or are cleaning areas where rats have been, use a solution of one part household bleach and 10 parts water to kill the leptospirosis bacteria.