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You can protect yourself from RBF by:

  • Avoiding contact with rodents or places where rodents may be present.
  • Avoiding drinking milk or water that may have come in contact with rodents.
  • Drinking pasteurized milk and water from safe sources.
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If you handle rats or clean their cages:

  • Wear protective gloves.
  • Practice regular handwashing.
  • Avoid touching your mouth with your hands.

In addition to RBF, contact with rodents may result in other illnesses. For more information on rodent control, see: Prevent rodent infestations.