Human rat disease caused by rodents ‘bigger than CATS’, claims Hong Kong health official

Saturday, September 29, 2018
By Paul Martin

RODENTS that are bigger than cats caused the first case of Hepatitis E human rat disease, a Hong Kong health official said.

By Rachel O’Donoghue
29th September 2018

Professor Yuen Kwok-yung, a microbiologist at Hong Kong University, also warned that the state of cleanliness in the Chinese city meant the pests were breeding at an alarming rate.

The Hepatitis E virus was discovered in the 56-year-old man from Hong Kong after he consistently produced abnormal liver function tests following a transplant.

The case is particularly shocking because it was previously not thought the disease could jump from rodents to humans.

Professor Yuen Kwok-yung said: “We don’t know if in future there will be a serious outbreak of the rat Hepatitis E virus in Hong Kong.

Back alleys now are very dirty with lots of rubbish.

“You can see rats that are bigger than cats.”

Experts are now warning the discovery has a “major public health significance” amid fears more people could catch it.

However, officials have also urged the public not to panic, saying there is no evidence of an impending epidemic.

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