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Diseased rat urine kills New Yorker in rare illness outbreak

Diseased rat urine kills New Yorker in rare illness outbreak

New York City officials have a mystery on their hands: There have been three recent cases of humans falling ill - including one fatality - with a rare disease that's transmitted through rat urine, all in the same neighborhood of the Bronx.

The Health Department said the two patients were diagnosed with leptospirosis, a bacterial infection that is commonly spread by contact with rat urine.

During a news conference Wednesday night, the commissioner of the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene said it is a rare infection.

According for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Leptospirosis causes a wide range of symptoms.

It is serious, but can be treated with antibiotics. As such, city agencies have taken "immediate measures" to reduce the rat population in the area and are spreading the word about symptoms and treatments to tenants. Trace Carrasco has reported that the employees in the New York City Department of Health were dispatched in the 750 Grand Concourse in the Bronx due to the alarming news.

Two patients in the Bronx cluster were diagnosed in December, and one in February.

"Everything I wash, I have to use bleach because they run around rampantly like they're part of your house", Howard said.

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The largest outbreak of leptospirosis ever recorded in the United States occurred in 1998, when more than 1,000 athletes participating in summer triathlons in IL and Wisconsin were potentially exposed to the bacteria, and 110 became infected, according to the CDC.

One person died, but the other two recovered. Others may experience a high fever, chills, muscle aches, vomiting, diarrhea and photophobia (eye discomfort when exposed to bright light).

Leptospirosis is considered extremely rare in the city.

Precautions against the disease including avoiding contact with rats and areas where rats have urinated.

People should also protect themselves while cleaning and make sure to wear rubber gloves, boots, masks and eyewear.

Roberto Lebron said he was so concerned about his 3-year-old daughter staying in the building that he sent her to live with his mother "until we figure out what's gonna happen".

The building at 750 Grand Concourse is listed under the city's "dirty dozen" for problem buildings: it has 80 open Department of Housing violations and 15 open Department of Buildings violations.


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