Mice, rats and other rodents may carry infections that can spread to humans. These infections can spread through direct contact with infected mice or through contact with soil, food or water contaminated by infected mice. These infections are rare, but people should take steps to reduce their risk.
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Tips for protecting your health
Minimising rodent contact
- Seal any holes or gaps inside your home.
- Store food inside thick, well-sealed containers and clean up any spills/leftover food promptly to avoid attracting rodents.
- Do not set mouse traps near food preparation areas.
What to do if you are bitten by a rodent
- Immediately clean the wound with soap and water.
- Dry the area, apply an antibiotic cream and a clean bandage.
- Seek medical attention. You may need a tetanus immunisation, and in some circumstances (not always), antibiotics are given to prevent infection.
- As the wound heals, keep an eye out for signs of infection such as skin that is warm to the touch, redness or pain. See a doctor if these signs develop.
Clean and disinfect mouse contact areas
- Mop floors and clean countertops with disinfectant or bleach solution.
- Steam clean or shampoo upholstered furniture and carpets with evidence of rodent exposure.
- Wash any bedding and clothing with laundry detergent in hot water if exposed to rodent urine or droppings.
Clean up of mouse carcasses
When cleaning up mouse carcases or working in areas where mice have been:
- Wear gloves
- Wear waterproof protective clothing and footwear.
- Cover cuts and abrasions with a waterproof dressing.
- Wash hands with soap and dry your hands after completing the clean-up, and especially before eating.
- Ideally, any handling of mouse carcasses should be undertaken by household members who are not pregnant or immunosuppressed.