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Hurricane Isaac sweeps tons of dead rats onto Mississippi beaches

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posted on Sep, 5 2012 @ 05:21 AM
Tons of dead rats !! .. i have a bad feeling about this
i should have see that coming .. of course the government will not try to warn people
they will be extremely contagious and the wind will bring a smell of rotting rats and illness
in many neightborhoods and with all the rain and flood they had this was inevitable

People should avoid removing dead rats without gloves
and make sure you tell your kids a few warning not to go play with dead rats

Tens of thousands of rats killed by Hurricane Isaac have washed up onto the beaches of Mississippi and created a foul-smelling mess that officials say will take days to clean up.

When the hurricane lifted the tides, the water washed across the marshy areas in Louisiana where the semi-aquatic rats live and forced them to ride the waves into Mississippi until they succumbed to exhaustion and drowned, said David Yarborough, a supervisor for Hancock County on the Gulf Coast.

The tides then deposited their bodies on the Mississippi shoreline, he said.

As of Tuesday, about 16,000 of the rodents have been collected in Hancock County, where a hired contractor's clean-up efforts are expected to continue for another week, officials said.

In nearby Harrison County, officials decided to carry out the work themselves. Using shovels and pitchforks, workers have removed 16 tons of the dead rats from beaches since Saturday and taken them to a local landfill.

"We have an event called 'Cruisin' The Coast' the second week of October with 30,000 to 40,000 people on the beach, and we didn't want to wait" to clean up, said Kim Savant, president of that county's Board of Supervisors.

Although they're smelly and disgusting, the dead rats pose no health risk to humans, said Brigid Elchos of the Mississippi Board of Animal Health.

Mississippi also dealt with dead rats after Hurricanes Katrina and Gustav, but officials said the current situation seems especially bad.

The beaches are closed to the public, but Yarborough said people have come anyway to see the littered beaches. The visitors usually don't stay long, possibly because the odor is intense on the shore and discernible from up to three miles away, he said.

In addition to the rats, workers also found dead hogs, deer, coyotes, snakes and rabbits on the beaches.


Look how bad the situation looks with just fecal mather from mouses
a rotting rat will be far worst

Disturbing lack of coverage of the Yosemite National Park Virus

Be safe everyone and trust your guts not the government
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posted on Sep, 5 2012 @ 05:29 AM
Could events like this explain the exotic animal sceleton finds in some places? Like the Antarctica finds if this is true? I mean, If nobody cleans this up, there will be a graveyard. Imagine if we would unearth a graveyard like this, what would we think?

posted on Sep, 5 2012 @ 05:34 AM

Originally posted by StareDad
Could events like this explain the exotic animal sceleton finds in some places? Like the Antarctica finds if this is true? I mean, If nobody cleans this up, there will be a graveyard. Imagine if we would unearth a graveyard like this, what would we think?

Good point !
those mysterious animals could come from far away to
they drowned somewhere and floated away for days

it take only 1 dead animal and it could spread like crazy
just like the infected monkey in the movie epidemy
now we have tons of dead rats and we know they have some nasty stuff in them

I have see graveyard picture being flooded in Louisiana
all the grave were displaced .. but compare to the rats a dead human body is far less dangerous
unless it is already infected with something

posted on Sep, 5 2012 @ 05:55 AM
Based on nothing at all, I think the hantavirus is a biological weapon that the United States Government has intentionally released on its people.

I have no facts but Im putting it out there.

Will they have a vaccine? How much will it cost?

Infection via human to human contact has been proven with this kind of thing.

posted on Sep, 5 2012 @ 06:00 AM
reply to post by freemarketsocialist

hm at least you can´t be infected while on ats, a save harbor, well that means if you´re not in an internet café.

posted on Sep, 5 2012 @ 07:01 AM
took time to send a warning .. still dont see it on CNN yet

U.S. officials sound worldwide alert for Yosemite hantavirus risk

U.S. health officials have sent warnings to 39 other countries that their citizens who stayed in Yosemite National Park tent cabins this summer may have been exposed to a deadly mouse-borne hantavirus, a park service epidemiologist said on Tuesday.

Of the 10,000 people thought to be at risk of contracting hantavirus pulmonary syndrome from their stays in Yosemite between June and August, some 2,500 live outside the United States, Dr. David Wong told Reuters in an interview.

Wong said U.S. Department of Health and Human Services officials notified 39 countries over the weekend, most of them in the European Union, that their residents may have been exposed to the deadly virus.

you though that dry poop from the mouses were bad
the dead rat will be eaten by your dogs and cats and then infect the domestic animal
with a deadly virus .. so each time you kiss them now there is risks
better educate the kids to be very carefull from now on
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posted on Sep, 6 2012 @ 06:56 PM
Got an update from a french local news papers
they say that the workers picking up the 20000 dead rats one by one
have gone so sick that they have not return to work

dont they give mask to the workers ..

posted on Sep, 6 2012 @ 07:02 PM
Has anyone heard of this happening before? Ever? Katrina? Ivan? The article says so, but I never heard of it.

This is more than just hurricane related. These are swamp rats, they know how to swim and survive.

edit on 9/6/2012 by Sergeant Stiletto because: (no reason given)

posted on Sep, 7 2012 @ 02:39 AM
reply to post by Sergeant Stiletto

We humans know to swim, too (most?) and some drown regardless of that in a flood.

edit on 7-9-2012 by StareDad because: (no reason given)


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