New York, February 15 (AP) – New York City officials have announced that one person has died and two are ill from rat-related diseases in recent weeks.
The three cases occurred in the last two months in a Bronx neighborhood. City officials say it’s the first time a cluster of cases has been identified.
The disease is called leptospirosis (lehp-toh-spuhr-ROH’-sihs).
Infections commonly occur through exposure to rat urine. The disease is rarely spread from person to person. It can be treated with antibiotics.
The city says it’s reducing the rat population in the area and educating residents about the disease.
The New York Times says that from 2006 to 2016, 26 cases were reported in the city; the Bronx had the highest number with eight.
Information from: The New York Times.