The old anecdotes about the filth of liberally-controlled New York City had their own gritty appeal when they appeared in movies and books about the underbelly of the Big Apple.

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New York City’s rat infestation has now caused at least one death in the Big Apple.

Unfortunately, as the democratic government of the city struggles to maintain any semblance of sanitation, people are falling ill and passing away due to a bacterial infection caused by the urine of rats…and there’s nothing appealing about that.

“A cluster of cases of a rare bacterial infection that is spread by contact with rat urine has killed one person and sickened two others in the Bronx.

“Leptospirosis is a bacterial infection that is most commonly spread by contact with rat urine and is very rarely spread from person to person.

“The illness can be serious but is treatable with readily available antibiotics.  Two patients in the outbreak were diagnosed in December and one in February.

“The Health Department says it is taking immediate measures to reduce the rat population in the area.  It says it is also trying to educate people who live in the area about precautions, signs, and treatment.

“Officials say that none of the victims were bitten by rats.  The bacteria enter the body through open wounds and cuts in the skin or through the eyes, nose or mouth.”

New York City’s rat problem has been the stuff of legends for decades, and the city has almost turned a blind eye to the collateral damage that these filthy vermin can inflict.  Perhaps this latest push to eradicate the issue will be too little, too late.

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