Which is healthier, close proximity to a living rat or one recently dead?

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I'm staying in a small town in Rajasthan and today, while lunching in a street cafe, I noticed a dead rat in the roadway a few metres off. The rat was certainly dead but not for long enough to be ignored by flies.

I know that rats are a potential health hazard (world wide) for humans and other creatures and that by no means is this an Indian specific problem. Further, I once visited the famed Rat Temple(Karni Mata), which has hundreds of living rats, without ill effect.

Typically, during India holidays, I see few rats, usually living. I do see far more squirrels, if that is what they are, also rodents.

The USA has endemic rodent borne plague in some parts but I haven't read of anything equivalent in India. See http://www.publichealth.lacounty.gov...ent/plague.pdf. This reference mentions disease bearing fleas transferring to humans and other animals from dead or dying rodents.
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In the long run, probably the living rat is the greater hazard. A dead rat may be disposed of immediately, but a living rat will keep contaminating your food and surroundings until made dead.
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I recall, one day, reading the assertion that, in London, one is never more than twenty feet from a rat. I shared this with colleagues, and we looked knowingly towards our manager's desk.

So in India, maybe it is ten feet, maybe it is five feet. One day, in her office, my wife had a rat climb up inside her sari skirt!

There are always going to be rats, alive and dead. The crows will finish off the road-killed ones, and leave all clean --- or as clean as it was before.

Apart from that, I certainly know which is the smelliest. I've known dead-rat-under-the-floor-boards in England (and not the boss), and a rat stuck inside the body-work of my car here in India. They were both bad, but the latter was particularly disgusting after a few days.

Don't worry about the rats, dead or alive.
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I know that rats are a potential health hazard.....

especially if they fall out of a ceiling onto a table as I saw one do in a Tiruvannamallai restaurant one year. he was alive and ran away. no one batted an eye 'tho I think the rat was a bit shocked.

growing up in Chicago one can see rats daily scurrying the alleys. I doubt anyone is the worse for wear.
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Originally Posted by unclelach View Post I'm staying in a small town in Rajasthan and today, while lunching in a street cafe, I noticed a dead rat in the roadway a few metres off. The rat was certainly dead but not for long enough to be ignored by flies.
Did you ask the waiter what the rat ordered?
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especially if they fall out of a ceiling
Always use a net over the bed (its not just for the flying Yolendas)..

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