Australia mouse plague – Hotel owner fighting for life after catching deadly disease from rampaging rodent armyMay 28, 2021
A HOTEL owner was left fighting for his life after catching a deadly disease from mice infesting Australia in a Doomsday-like plague.
Trevor Hardie, 70, caught leptospirosis – a bacterial infection that is found in the rodents' urine – that could have killed him within a matter of days.
Tens of millions of rampaging mice have sparked horrific infestations in Australia stretching over 600 miles in the from Brisbane down to Melbourne.
They have decimated crops and chomped their way through food storage units.
The mice have also invaded homes, schools and hospitals as they thrive after heavy rain and hot and dry spells led to a bumper harvest.
Mr Hardie initially thought he had the flu then Covid before he was taken to Wollongong Hospital for five nights.
“I couldn't walk, I'd sweat all night, my kidneys and liver packed it in … it was the sickest I'd ever felt in my life, I wouldn't wish it on anybody,” he told Australia’s Daily Telegraph.
After contracting the disease in late April, he suffered from a leaky heart, liver failure and acute kidney failure.
Mr Hardie is warning people to make sure houses and shops are clean to avoid also becoming infected.
“All it takes is to have (mice) scurrying around in a shed, grain silo, or a home, they pee everywhere and you touch it somehow … it knocked me off my feet for weeks,” he said.
The massive rodent army is now marching on Sydney amid shocking reports of people being bitten in their beds.
A government-funded MouseAlert website shows sightings have doubled since March – with a surge in cases in and around Sydney.
Channel 10 News Sydney claimed the mice could now be "marching towards" Australia's biggest city to "invade" by August.
Elsewhere a family home burnt to the ground after rampaging rodents chomped through wiring.
Rebekah Ward, a mum-of-three, said the stomach-churning infestation resulted in “mice jumping from the roof” to flee the flames.
"The state government's assistance package is impractical, dysfunctional and weeks away, which is not helping farmers who need support right now to drive mouse numbers down and break this horrible unrelenting cycle," he said.
Experts have warned "without a concerted baiting effort in the next few weeks this could easily turn into a two-year plague event".
Farmers have been sharing images and viral videos showing mice pouring out of grain feeders and storage plants.
One video previously published by the Sun Online showed mice pouring out of a silo as workers tried to clean it out.
The horror footage was shared on Twitter by ABC reporter Lucy Thackray, who said it started "raining mice".
“Even if grains in silos, mice can get to it," she tweeted.
It is estimated that the infestations have caused at least £50m damage to crops in New South Wales.
Xavier Martin, Vice-President of the NSW Farmers Association, however said the total damage "will easily exceed one billion dollars (£550m)".
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