Our building has a mouse infestation. Employees are concerned about the health implications of this. What are they and what can we do to reduce the problem?

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Our building has a mouse infestation. Employees are concerned about the health implications of this. What are they and what can we do to reduce the problem?

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Rodents pose a known threat to people’s health. Some of the organisms associated with rodents include Salmonella, Listeria, campylobacter and E. coli. Mice, in particular, urinate and defecate randomly, which can also cause serious contamination risks to food and non-food items.

Those most at risk are normally those who can come in direct contact with rodents, eg those working near canals, rivers and other watercourses such as drainage ditches and sewers. There is little documented evidence to suggest other persons are at any significant risk. Although the risk may be relatively low in other environments, the thought of having mice in and around the place of work can cause genuine concern for employees.

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