When a wild animal enters the home, it can cause significant property damage and put the family’s health at risk. Dangerous medical conditions linked to wild rodents are Hantavirus pulmonary syndrome and hemorrhagic fever with renal syndrome. The medical conditions can cause serious health problems. Both illnesses are potentially fatal if they aren’t quickly treated.
Hantavirus pulmonary syndrome occurs by being exposed to the air contaminated with droppings, urine and saliva from an infected rodent. If the droppings come into direct contact with your skin, it can also lead to infection. Symptoms include dizziness, fatigue, stomach pains and a high body temperature. Liquid filling the lungs, as well as pain along the back, thighs and legs are additional signs that the disease may have been transmitted. Symptoms usually start within one to five weeks after you have been infected.
Hemorrhagic fever with renal syndrome is an illness caused by the Hantavirus. Transmission into the human body is airborne. People can also become sick if they are bitten by an infected rodent or if the body has direct contact with the urine, saliva or feces.
Hemorrhagic fever can be difficult to diagnose, especially in areas where the condition isn’t pervasive. Signs of infection include flu-like symptoms such as a fever, sore throat, fatigue, headaches and abdominal pain. Liver dysfunction and renal failure develop as the illness becomes more advanced. The symptoms will begin to show within one to eight weeks of getting infected.
If you start to feel sick, seek medical treatment. Inform the physician about the possible exposure to wild rodents. It will help the physician access the potential causes of your illness. A series of diagnostic tests can be ordered to confirm if you are suffering from Hantavirus pulmonary syndrome, hemorrhagic fever with renal syndrome, or another related illness. Treatment will include carefully monitoring your oxygen levels and blood pressure. The medical staff will also ensure you remain hydrated and maintain a proper electrolyte balance. Antibiotics and other medications may also be prescribed.
Contact a wildlife removal company as soon as possible if a wild animal is in your home. Avoiding contact with the wild animal and reducing exposure to the droppings, urine and saliva will decrease the probability of becoming infected with a life-threatening illness. A certified professional will utilize the appropriate techniques to get the animal off of the property and eliminate contamination. During the removal process, the family’s safety is a top priority.