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girl
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Can Bb be transmitted through the bite of a mouse? Does anyone know for sure? Does it have to break skin?
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Not sure about Bb but I know it can transmit a number of diseases so be careful!
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Mice carry ticks. I know one woman who almost certainly got lyme from mice being in her house. She never went outdoors, but her husband killed a number of mice in their house and noticed the ticks on them. This was in Florida.

Also people in NYC get lyme from the mice bringing ticks into their high rise apartment buildings. So, this is well known.

So, you most likely got lyme from a tick off the mouse. Mice are very important to the tick life cycle. Ticks depend on them to complete their life cycle of hatching, nymph, adult, etc.

It would be very, very odd for a mouse to bite a person. Were you holding it? How did you get bitten by a mouse?

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Get to a doctor today. It's vital to be assessed.

Well, okay, you might call your GP or Urgent Care FIRST. See what they have to say. Off the top of my head, though, it seems . . .

They would need to look at your skin with a light and a medical strength magnifying glass to be sure if there is any break in the skin.

And, there may not need to be a break in the skin to transmit some diseases.

Bubonic plague

can be transmitted by mice (and their fleas). It's not just a thing of the past. Every year, there are a few cases in the US, most out west but still, there are many infections that mice can carry.

If from a pet mouse, be sure have the health records of the mouse with you, whatever kind of immunizations it may have had. Where it came from, etc.

Better off if it's a pet mouse but, if its food was live once (not sure what all mice eat) - that food can carry some diseases, that would also need to be considered.

Good luck.
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www.google.com/search?q=bubonic+plague%2C+mice&ie=utf-8&oe=utf-8&aq=t&rls=org.mozilla:en-US:official&client=firefox-a

Google search results for: bubonic plague, mice

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http://www.macroevolution.net/diseases-carried-by-mice.html#.UL

Diseases carried by mice
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The mouse bit a friend of mine's little boy. They were moving a wood pile and a group of baby mice scattered and the boys caught 2 of them and played with them for 2 days and eventually one of them got bit. The mice were tiny, about 1 inch. tall. I told her to watch for fever and sure enough he got fever about a week later. She now says the mice did not break the skin, though, and another little girl that was playing with him had a virus. I referred her to ILADS.
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I do not think the boy has bubonic plague. Thank you, though.
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Mice urine and boop are toxic. You can get any numbers of diseases from breathing their waste. They were handled by a child and if that child had one little skin break, diseases are lurking.

I would not have waited for fever or any sx. I would have ran to the nearest hospital emergency. Why would you let a child play with a mouse. Baby or not. Crazy.

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The kids live in Florida and they are used to playing with every type of animal imaginable ranging from turtles, to lizards, to snakes... wild snakes that they find out in the yard and make into pets. They read and learn about these animals in books and then make them their pets for a couple of day, whatever they can find to play with. it's what they do, they play outside.

I guess the mama just got sort of immune to it, if you will. She didn't like the mice, but since she let's her boys play like boys, I don't think she used her imagination to ponder of what type of diseases they might get while playing with them. Either that or she just didn't put her foot down. Anyway, what's done is done. The boy seems to be fine now.

I, too, would have been a little more worried, but then again, I don't have boys.

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Not sure about the mouse, but moving wood can be problematic. My neighbor got Lyme about 1 years ago from helping my father move wood in a wood pile. Ticks can lodge on wood as I understand.
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They need to talk to a doctor! I do not know the symptoms, but you can get leptospirisis from rodent urine if they are infected.
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