Location = Charlestown, MA
I certainly do not want to have this seem like scare tactics but it is an important topic that warrants mentioning. It is no secret that rodents are capable of transmitting disease though their urine, droppings, or the parasites that live on them. There is a disease called LCM (Lymphocytic choriomeningitis) that is becoming more widespread in the U.S. and concerning various health agencies as it is transmitted through the house mouse. The CDC (Centers for Disease Control) consider this a serious health threat to the general public. LCM is a rodent-borne viral infectious that mimics diseases such as meningitis & encephalitis. The problem with LCM is that it is known as the disease without symptoms so it typically becomes serious before it is even diagnosed. Thankfully only about 5% of mice in the U.S. are found to have LCM and there is only a 1% mortality rate in humans.
Who is at risk for LCMV infection? Individuals of all ages who come into contact with urine, feces, saliva, or blood of the house mouse are potentially at risk for infection. The best way to prevent the risk of LCM is to avoid contact with mice. Even more proof that there is no such thing as a little mouse problem.