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Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Australia : People at risk of leptospirosis from mice

Article from ABC News :

" As mice near plague proportions in NSW, health authorites are warning of serious health risks for humans.

Four cases of leptospirosis have been reported to the NSW Department of Health in recent days. The disease is passed to humans through contact with mouse urine.

Population health expert Dr Tony Brown warns the disease is potentially fatal and relatively easy to contract.

"If you're in close contact with animals and exposed to mud, water, soil and things that could be, particularly if they've been contaminated with mouse urine, I think you need to be aware that that's a problem."

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