With Man’s Worst Friend (The Rat)

  • James G. Fox

Abstract

Historically, the rat has been considered a scourge to mankind. For example, the rat is a reservoir for plague called the Black Death Which accounted for millions of deaths in Europe during the Middle Ages. Pandemics of plague ravaged earlier civilizations and undoubtedly had “plagued” mankind prior to recorded history. Also, numerous other diseases are spread to man by the rat; thus Hans Zinsser’s quote from his text Rats, Mice and History: “Man and rat will always be pitted against each other as implacable enemies,” conveys the general revulsion that society holds for the wild rat (1).

Keywords

Meningitis Straw Staphylococcus Bedding Endocarditis 

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