Rodents are not only annoying for your home, but also they can be detrimental to your health. Here is a comprehensive list of infectious diseases that can cause from rodents.Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome (HPS) is a severe respiratory disease in humans caused by an infected hantavirus from rodents. Rodent infestation is a big reason for the cause of this disease. This virus spreads through rodent droppings or urine and when you breathe through dust that have been contaminated by the excretion, the virus goes into you. Direct contact rodents or droppings can be a reason too. The disease is common throughout most of North and South America.

Hemorrhagic Fever with Renal Syndrome is also caused by a hantavirus from rodents through their droppings and urine, much like Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome. The symptoms can form in a matter of 1 to 2 weeks and in severe cases, 8 weeks, and they include intense headaches, abdominal pain, fever, blurred vision and chills. More intense symptoms include acute shock, vascular leakage and acute kidney failure. HFRS can be found commonly in eastern Asia such as China, Korea and Russia.

Lassa Fever is an acute viral disease that is discovered in 1969 in the town of Lassa, Nigeria. It is similar to Ebola in that it is quite common in West Africa and has not been connected to a viral pathogen. Humans can get infected with Lassa fever through respiratory or gastrointestinal tracts by the feces of rodents


Leptospirosis 
is a bacterial disease, also known as field fever or rat catcher’s yellows worldwide. It can be contracted from animals’ (mostly rodents) urine by water or soil and can be transmitted through contact with skin, eyes, nose or mouth. The symptoms can be too generic for their own good, such as, headaches and rashes, and sometimes there may be no symptom at all. However, without treatment it may lead to meningitis and kidney damage and even death. Leptospirosis can happen to both humans and animals.