Three hospital patients in regional New South Wales have been bitten by mice as the horror rodent plague escalates.
NSW Health has confirmed the patients were bitten in Tottenham, Walgett and Gulargambone.
“Reports of residents or patients receiving minor bites have been made … and appropriate treatment has been provided,” said a NSW Health spokesperson.
Western Local Health District has received one report of a mouse-related illness known as lymphocytic choriomeningitis [LCM] in the region.
“The disease is linked to mice but it’s very rare,” said public health director Priscilla Stanley.
“People described sore. Red eyes are a symptom.
She said she was “surprised … that we haven’t seen any increased numbers of leptospirosis”.
The hospital incidents underscore how bad the mice plague has become in regional New South Wales.