Study Shows New York City Rats Carry Far More Diseases Than We Thought

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Obviously, we all know rats are pretty gross (unless you’re one of the few who like them). Rats in New York City, are a whole other breed of animal. They are practically all over train stations, in restaurants, and even walk the street like tourists. Well, we may have underestimating just how disgusting these little critters actually are.

Scientists at Columbia University published results Tuesday explaining their findings after capturing 133 New York City rats and examining them for pathogens. “Everybody’s looking all over the world (for viruses and bacteria), in all sorts of exotic places, including us,” Ian Lipkin, a professor of neurology and pathology at Columbia, told the New York Times. “But nobody’s looking right under our noses.”

After analyzing the 133 rats, the team found plenty of pathogens — including some that cause food-borne illnesses and others that were never found in the city before, the Times reported. The team also made a “groundbreaking” discovery by identifying 18 unknown species known to cause disease in humans, said David Patrick, director of the School of Population and Public Health at the University of British Columbia.

[via The Blaze]

Gayana Sark | News Cult

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