Rodent-borne and rodent-related diseases in Iran

  • Vahid Kazemi-Moghaddam
  • Rouhullah Dehghani
  • Mostafa Hadei
  • Samaneh Dehqan
  • Mohammad Mehdi Sedaghat
  • Milad Latifi
  • Shamim Alavi-Moghaddam
Review Article


Rodents cause large financial losses all over the world; in addition, these animals can also act as a reservoir and intermediate host or vector of diseases. Rodents have an important role in the distribution of diseases in an area. Sometimes, the distribution of a particular disease in an area depends on the distribution of rodents in that area. This study focuses on the distribution of rodent-related diseases in Iran. Rodent-borne and rodent-related diseases and diseases with suspected relationship with rodents have been reviewed in this study. Iran, due to the circumstances in which different species of rodents are able to live, has a high prevalence of certain diseases associated with rodents in urban and rural areas. Awareness about the distribution of rodent-related diseases can be a great help to rodent’s control and prevention against the spread of the diseases.


Rodent disease Disease transmission Pest control Public health 



The authors wish to thank Neyshabur University of Medical Sciences for their support to do, progress, and complete this research.

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The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.

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We do not have any sample or participant.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Environmental Health, School of HealthNeyshabur University of Medical SciencesNeyshaburIran
  2. 2.Social Determinants of Health (SDH) Research Center and Department of Environmental Health, School of HealthKashan University of Medical SciencesKashanIran
  3. 3.Department of Environmental Health, School of HealthTehran University of Medical SciencesTehranIran
  4. 4.Department of Environmental Health EngineeringIran University of Medical SciencesTehranIran
  5. 5.Department of Medical EntomologyTehran University of Medical SciencesTehranIran
  6. 6.Neyshabur University of Medical SciencesNeyshaburIran
  7. 7.Students Research CommitteeNeyshabur University of Medical SciencesNeyshaburIran

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