Life-threatening rat pee infections reach record levels in NYC

Enlarge / A rat looks for food while on a subway platform at the Columbus Circle – 59th Street station on May 8, 2023, in New York City. Getty | Gary Hershorn

A life-threatening bacterial infection typically spread through rat urine sickened a record number of people in New York City last year—and this year looks on track for another all-time high, the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene reports.

The infection is leptospirosis, which can cause a range of symptoms, including non-specific ones like fever, headache, chills, muscle aches, vomiting, diarrhea, and cough. But, if left untreated, can become

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