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Plague-Infected Rats Reported in Myanmar's Capital

World  (tags: world, sanitation, politics, asia )

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Myanmar's health ministry has circulated a warning among government departments about rat-borne plague after finding infected dead rodents in a compound of a government office, an official said.


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rose s (239)
Wednesday July 7, 2010, 7:14 pm
Well no surprise of this deadly outbreak For years these countries - with poor track record of decimating the 'snake population' which is predation to rodents.There will be more countries facing the plague in the forseable future.India is on the way with this problem- merchandising cobra skins for the international market,Thailand,Hong Kong,Phiippines,Vietnam,Korea will no doubt will be in the same delimma with revisited of the 'plague'.The only way to stop this dreaded disease is to educate the people of important to protect their reptile propu. to prevent such disease.

patrica and edw jones (190)
Wednesday July 7, 2010, 9:57 pm
Yes the decimation of one species causes overpopulation of another. Nature had it right in the first place - then man stepped in and caused the imbalance. If there wasn't a market for these skins it wouldn't happen.

Jane J. (6)
Thursday July 8, 2010, 4:35 am
Hope it doesn't come my way.

Terry B (649)
Thursday July 8, 2010, 5:59 am
There have been two-legged rats in Burma's capital for decades.

Sara L (4)
Thursday July 8, 2010, 6:20 am
I wonder if this is in any way connected to the plague infected squirrels in California...

Past Member (0)
Thursday July 8, 2010, 7:22 am
Poor Burma, being plagued by so many issues, a minor one seems to be the rats.

Past Member (0)
Thursday July 8, 2010, 12:38 pm
This is really frightening! Proplr should be fully educated about this situation!

Victoria B (36)
Thursday July 8, 2010, 12:38 pm

Jessie H (75)
Thursday July 8, 2010, 12:42 pm
Thanks for the info!

Thursday July 8, 2010, 12:58 pm
Wasn't the black plague spread by rodents at first?

DORIS L (61)
Thursday July 8, 2010, 1:07 pm
Oh great. Just what they need.

Tom W (24)
Thursday July 8, 2010, 2:54 pm
Not surprised with the overpopulation of the humans that nature decides to take care of itself and this is one example.
The world has an uncontrolled epidemic of humans who decimate other species with impunity.
The result: Nature is now decimating the human pollution.


Fiona Ogilvie (562)
Thursday July 8, 2010, 3:14 pm
I believe plague is endemic to the region. All of our soldiers in Viet Nam had to take a plague pill daily.

Sylvie M (46)
Thursday July 8, 2010, 5:43 pm
This does show that us humans have not made so much "progress" since the Middle Ages... though the worst plague threats arent' in Myanmar, but in places such as Wall Street or the Mexican Gulf.

Arvina C (2)
Thursday July 8, 2010, 6:00 pm
Bee Hive Lady,

I didn't know that. I saw a documentary on rats this week and they are so cute and intelligent. It is a shame that they have no protection from this horrible disease. We don't want cows to have mad cow disease. Surely something could be done to protect the rodents.

Jennifer G (20)
Thursday July 8, 2010, 6:57 pm
Thanks for the post.

Teresa K (33)
Thursday July 8, 2010, 7:45 pm
Noted and thank you

Matloob ul Hasan (81)
Thursday July 8, 2010, 8:49 pm
Noted, thanks.

Deborah O (98)
Thursday July 8, 2010, 8:53 pm

But in Burma today, how does one tell a member of the oppressive military from a plague rat?

Past Member (0)
Thursday July 8, 2010, 11:04 pm
Noted, thank you.

low beng kiat (128)
Friday July 9, 2010, 1:56 am

Antonio Amador (60)
Friday July 9, 2010, 7:26 am
This is bad. This disease spreads very fast. Thank you for sharing this
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