While mice themselves are small and timid, they can transmit diseases to humans through contact, droppings, or bites. Mice are frequent carriers of Hantavirus, a rare but dangerous respiratory disease. If you have signs of an infection after exposure to mice, seek medical care immediately.
Mice droppings also contain harmful pathogens like Salmonella and can cause foodborne illnesses if ingested. Be vigilant in keeping food preparation areas free of mice feces. If cleaning up after mice, wear gloves and a mask to avoid exposure. Promptly disinfect any surfaces that had contact with droppings.
Mice bites, while rare, can cause bacterial infections. Clean any bite marks thoroughly with soap and water. Watch for signs of swelling or redness, and contact a doctor if they develop. Prevent bites by sealing up any holes mice could enter through and keeping food properly stored. While mice themselves appear harmless, use all due caution when dealing with them or their leavings.