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The rats are infamous not only for frightening and disgusting people, but they also carry serious diseases and parasites such as fleas and ticks. One of the viruses commonly carried by rats is Hantavirus, an incurable and highly fatal pulmonary disease. In addition to this, rats are infamous for harboring the fleas that carried bubonic plague
Originally posted by ignant
so at the moment, mosquito-transmitted diseases following all the flooding, is one my my main concerns per your thread. also, just about every time i've had to take the subways (when i used to live here year round) i would get colds, flus etc and it seems theres always people sick coughing, sneezing right on top of you without any manners (i never sit cuz of that). the subway, crowded buses, crowded shopping centers, crowded restaurants, buffets, congested main streets (manhattan) are places i avoid even before 9/11 and now irene.
i dont know what the densest city in the USA is but in my experience it is NYC. i cant think of an outbreak but its bound to happen and i dont know whats the next epidemic, maybe some mutant form of measles or swine flu again? or TB, or MRSA, flesh eating disease, theres so many possibilities when u live like sardines.