A stock clerk was sent to clean up a storeroom in Maui, Hawaii. When he got back, he was complaining that the storeroom was filthy and that he had noticed dried mouse or rat droppings in some areas.
A couple of days later, he started to feel like he was coming down with a stomach flu, complained of sore joints and headaches, and began to vomit. He went to bed and never really got up again. Within two days he was severely ill and weak. His blood sugar count was down to 66, and his face and eyeballs were yellow. He was rushed to the emergency at Pali-Momi, where he was diagnosed to be suffering from
massive organ failure. He died
shortly before midnight.
No one would have made the connection between his job and his death, had it not been for a
doctor who specifically asked if he had been in a warehouse or exposed to dried rat or droppings at any time. They said there is a virus (much like the Hanta virus) that lives in dried rat and mouse droppings. Once dried, these droppings are like dust and can easily be breathed in or ingested if a person does not wear protective gear or fails to wash their face and hands thoroughly. An autopsy was performed on the clerk and verified the doctor's suspicions.
An investigation of soda cans by
the Center for Disease Control in
Atlanta discovered that the tops of
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soda cans can be encrusted with
dried rat's urine, which is so toxic
it can be lethal. Canned drinks and other foodstuffs are stored in warehouses and containers that are usually infested with rodents, and then they get transported to retail outlets without being properly cleaned.
This is why it is important to always carefully rinse off the tops of canned sodas or foods, and to wipe off pasta packaging, cereal boxes, and so on.
Almost everything you buy in a supermarket was stored in a warehouse at one time or another, and stores themselves often have rodents. Most of us remember to wash vegetable and fruits but never think of boxes and cans. The ugly truth is, even the most modern, upper-class, super store has rats and mice. And their warehouse most assuredly does!
Whenever you buy any canned soft drink, wash your cans! Please make sure that you wash the tops with running water and soap or, if that is not available, drink with a straw.
Taken from the Internet.
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