" One can catch a fatal disease by drinking from rat-urine contaminated soda cans "
True or false ?
Well, the story sounds like this ...
It happened in July 1999.
A stock clerk was sent to clean up a storeroom at their Maui,Hawaii location. When he got back, he was complaining that the storeroom was really filthy, and that he had noticed dried mouse or rat droppings in some areas.
Couple of days later, he started feeling like he was coming down with stomach flu, achy joints, headache, and he started throwing up. He went to bed and never really got up. Within two days he was so ill and weak. His blood sugar count was down to 66 and his face and eyeballs were yellow. He was rushed to the emergency at Pali Momi, where they said he was suffering from massive organ failure! He died shortly before midnight.
None of us would have ever made the connection between his job and his death, but the doctors specifically asked if he had been in a warehouse or exposed to dried rat or mouse droppings at any time. They said there is a virus (much like Hanta virus) that lives in dried rat and mouse droppings. Once dried, these droppings are like dust, and can easily be ingested if a person is not careful to wash their hands and face thoroughly,or wear protective gear. An autopsy was conducted to verify the doctors' suspicions. This is why it is extremely important to ALWAYS carefully rinse off the tops of any canned sodas or foods,and wipe off pasta packaging, cereal boxes, etc.
Almost everything you buy in a supermarket was stored in a warehouse at one time or another, and stores themselves often have rodents. Most of us remember to wash vegetables and fruit but never think of boxes and cans. The ugly truth is ... even the most modern, upper-class, superstore has rats and mice. And their Warehouse most assuredly does. Whenever you buy any canned soft drink, please make sure that you wash the top with running water and soap, or if not available, drink with a straw. A family friend's friend died after drinking a can of soda!
A brief investigation by the Center for Disease Control in Atlanta discovered the cause. The top was encrusted with dried rat's urine which is toxic and obviously lethal ! Canned drinks and other food stuffs are stored in warehouses and containers that are usually infested with rodents and then get transported to the retail outlets without being properly cleaned.
Whenever you buy a can of coke or whatever, please make sure that you wash the top with running water and soap or, if not available, drink with a straw. A woman died after drinking a can of soda! apparently, she didn't clean the top before drinking from the can. The top was encrusted with dried rat's urine which is toxic and therefore lethal! Canned drinks and other foodstuff are stored in warehouses and containers that are usually infested with rodents and then get transported to the retail outlets without being properly cleaned.
So is this possible?
Is it true or false ? The answer to this question would be absolutely not !
Why, you might add ?
Only two fatal diseases that could be transmitted through rat urine have been in the news recently. One, Hantavirus Pulomonary Syndrome (HPS), is caused by hantavirus and is mentioned in some versions of this story. Leptospirosis is the other one.
While hantavirus is transmitted through rat droppings and urine, it is a respiratory disease that does not show the symptoms described in some versions allegedly occurring in Hawaii and Miami.
Both HPS and leptospirosis are relatively rare (about 100 - 200 cases of leptospirosis occur each year in the United States) and are treatable if properly diagnosed. HPS is contracted by frequently inhaling dust from dried mouse droppings.
Mythdigger's advice : Don't eat mouse droppings, they taste bad :)