January 2016 UPDATE the (resistant to rodenticide) rats in Britain are getting huge and out of control, one even attacked a dog!
In 2005 it was reported by the ICSU Regional Office for Science Plan that in Africa, the RECORDED natural and manmade disasters have increased from about 100 per decade up to 1940, to nearly 2800 per decade through the 1990’s….two & a half decades later things obviously did not improve…aka EBOLA went viral in west Africa.
“Monkeys, antelopes, fruit bats, porcupines, rodents, dogs, and pigs are all known to contract Ebola….It’s a doomsday scenario that harkens back to the days of the black death: rats carrying deadly plague from home to home. Thankfully, the history of this outbreak suggests that particular sensational scenario is extremely unlikely. Though diseased wildlife is responsible for initiating the current epidemic in West Africa, wildlife isn’t known to spread Ebola between humans. Instead, the virus is spread almost exclusively by human-to-human contact.
Nonetheless, there is a less-extreme scenario that is within the realm of possibility. If Ebola finds a suitable animal host in the United States, the virus could be here to stay. …every few years unlucky hunters, hikers, farmers, and pet owners could touch an infected animal and become sick.”
LIST OF RAT INFESTATIONS ON RSOE
11/6/14 “A pest control firm exterminated 4 400 rats over two days at a state-run hospital in India, with thousands still on the premises, its chief executive said Thursday. Maharaja Yeshwantrao in Indore, about 800km south of Delhi, is still home to more than 10 000 rodents,”
10/14/14 “New York is losing the rat race. Citizen complaints about pests to the 311 hotline plus online reports went from 22,300 in fiscal year 2012 to 24,586 the next year…”
6/27/14 “Mutant “super rats” that have become immune to common poisons are spreading across Britain, scientists have warned. Researchers from the University of Huddersfield tested rats in 17 counties and found rodents resistant to over-the-counter poisons such as Bromadiolone and Difenacoum in every single one. In more than 50 towns across the UK”
3/6/2013 “….rats in the city of Tehran have grown to monstrous proportions with some weighing up to 11 pounds”
11/2/2012 “A plague of mutant “super rats” has invaded the upmarket town of Henley-on-Thames, the host of the annual Royal Regatta, a new study has disclosed. Researchers found the picturesque riverside Oxfordshire area has been inundated with dozens of the pests, which carry a poison-resistant gene.”
6/7/2011 “The monster rodents are as big as cats are thought to have killed two babies in the townships. The giant rats grow up to three-foot including their tails – and have front teeth over an inch long. Three-year-old Lunathi Dwadwa was killed as she slept in her parent’s shack in a slum outside Cape Town this week. Another baby girl died in a similar rat attack, on the same day, but this time in the Soweto township near Johannesburg.”
5/27/2010 “A visitor was attacked yesterday by a rat in one of Hong Kongs most tourist- infested districts raising fears the incident could damage the SARs reputation as a holiday destination. The tourist, a British woman”
3/6/2009 “Pest control officers are tackling a plague of rats in an East Yorkshire village. Horrified residents alerted them after the rats swarmed across their gardens in Flamborough, near Bridlington.”