World news – Patients bitten as NSW mouse plague grow


Patients at NSW Health facilities were bitten by mice as horror escalated in the west of the state.

Three residents or patients at facilities in Tottenham, Walgett and Gulargambone received minor bites, a spokeswoman told AAP.

« The current mouse infestation in western NSW is a natural occurrence. NSW Health staff are responding with appropriate control measures, » she said.

The NSW Western Area Health Service has also reported one case of leptospirosis – one rare disease that can cause kidney failure and meningitis as a result of home mice.

Farmers in many parts of regional NSW report a dramatic increase in mouse populations decimating crops, destroying stored hay, and in silos, stables and homes .

James Jackson, President of NSW Farmers, said grain farmers have serious concerns about the winter planting season, which i Should start within weeks.

« Farmers need more control options. We are calling for an emergency permit for zinc phosphide to be used to treat seeds, « he said on Wednesday.

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