According to a veterinarian, there is a connection in the increase number of rats found in Halifax to the rise in the cases of leptospirosis recorded in Nova Scotia. This is the reason why pest control in Sydney is enforced when the rat population increased because diseases such as leptospirosis can spread. Dr. Jeff Goodall explained on local news that the dogs can acquire the disease if they eat garbage, urine and soil that has been infested by a rodent.
Compared to other bacterial diseases, leptospirosis is quite rare but there is an increase in the number of cases seen in dogs residing in Nova Scotia. Cases were confirmed through laboratory testing last year and over 80 per cent of them are dogs from Nova Scotia. The challenging part is detecting the disease through its symptoms.
Dr. Goodall further explained that between five and ten per cent the case can be life threatening. The infection is highly contagious thus it is possible for the diseases to be spread to humans.
He added that the continuous construction of structures in Halifax has caused the rat population to rise more than even. This is also the reason why the number of leptospirosis cases has increased recently.
According to him, veterinarians are more concerned about the leptospirosis caused by rodent strain compared to the strain from the canine.
Halifax is known to be home to rat infestation. In fact, according to a yearly report published by a top pest control company in the city, Halifax is on the second spot of the most rat infestation in the region while St. John’s is on the first spot.
Nick Ritcey, the spokesperson of the Halifax region municipality, admitted that this year there is an increase in rat sighting. He explained that the number of rats may not have increased but many of them might have been displaced thus the sightings.
Dog owners are now watching out for their dogs to make sure they don’t contact the disease. People in Australia are already hiring pest control in Sydney to control the rat population to avoid the spread of leptospirosis.