That Little Mouse in Your
House is Even MORE Dangerous Than We Thought!
Those little mice that live in your attic, basement or walls are more
than just an annoyance -- they carry with them real health threats.
In December 2004 we wrote aboutthe
Hantavirus, which causes a disease known as Hantavirus pulmonary syndrome
(HPS) that isfatal in over half of all cases!
You can become infected with this deadly disease through contaminated
dust from the mice's droppings, urine and/or saliva in and out of your
They may look cute, but the not-so-innocent house mouse spreads
an airborne allergen that can cause allergies, asthma and more.
But that's not the only risk that little mouse in your house poses!
A study done by researchers at Johns Hopkins Children's Center and published
in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology found that of 100 inner-city
bedrooms of children with asthma, 84 percent had detectable levels of
airborne mouse allergen!
Pediatric allergist Elizabeth Matsui, M.D., the lead author of the study,
said, "e;Children living in inner-city homes are continuously exposed
to the allergy-causing substance found in mouse urine that is circulating
in the air. This exposure increases their risk for developing allergic
sensitivity to mice, just as it does for laboratory workers who constantly
work with rodents."e;
Butthis isn't just a problem for inner-city
kids; Dr. Matsui points out that previous studies found mouse allergen
in about 75 percent of middle-class suburban homes, and a study in the
June 2004 issue of the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology reported
that 82 percent of rural, suburban and urban U.S. homes were found to
have mouse allergens.
Health Risks of the Not-so-Innocent House Mouse
Mice (and rats) are a serious and very prevalent cause of allergies and
asthma. In the case of the Johns Hopkins study, more than 25 percent of
the homes tested contained levels of the mouse allergen high enough to
aggravate asthma symptoms. Being exposed can lead to:
As anyone who suffers from asthma knows, "e;Because asthma attacks
have the potential to be life-threatening, these findings are of some
concern,"e; Dr. Matsui said.
In fact, asthma is so widespread that it affects about 15 million people
in the United States. One-third of them are children, which explains why
asthma is the leading cause of chronic illness among children, and the
third leading cause of hospitalization among those aged 15 years and younger.
Where is the Mouse Allergen Most Likely to Be?
Mouse allergen is found in the mouse urine and dander. It can be anywhere
in your home, but researchers with the National Institute of Environmental
Health Sciences found that kitchen floors were most likely to have the
mouse urinary proteins that can cause allergic and asthmatic reactions.
High-rise apartments, mobile homes, duplexes, and triplexes had higher
concentrations of the proteins as well.
Mouse allergen appears to be more common in lower-income homes, but certainly
is not limited to them. The above researchers noted that 50 percent of
homes with household incomes above $60,000 also contained mouse allergens.
Other indicators that mice, and therefore airborne mouse allergen, may
be present in your home include:
Get That Mouse Out of Your House
"e;One of the best ways parents can manage their child's asthma
is to control the home environment and remove any asthma triggers, including
mouse allergen,"e; said Dr. Matsui. You can do this by sealing cracks
and holes in doors and walls, properly storing all food, and keeping your
home clean at the deepest level possible.
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Finally, as you can read in full in the articleHantavirus:
The Little Mouse in Your House Could be Deadly!, if you suspect mice
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For those who already suffer from allergies and asthma, actively eliminating
rodents, and their urine and dander, is of utmost important for your health.
But even if you don't have any symptoms now, if you suspect mice
are in your home, take preventative measures to remove them and their
byproducts now. Once you or your children are exposed to mouse allergen,
it's possible that it could lead to allergies and asthma -- so
please don't wait to take action until it's too late.
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