Rats in New York City and the 'Shocking' Disease They Carry
Columbia University researchers tested Manhattan's rats to survey viruses and bacteria they were carrying in a first attempt as using DNA to catalog pathogens in New York City animals species. After examining only 133 rats, researchers found a shocking amount of pathogens that could potentially be a "recipe for a public health nightmare." Along with the usual bacteria that causes food poisoning, other fever-inducing pathogens that cause Seoul hantavirus and Leptospira were found for the first time in New York. Scientists also catalogued 18 new species of viruses in the rats that cause diseases in humans. Though a war on Manhattan's rats in not immediately called for, scientists believe resident's should "pay attention."
By Jordan Moses
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