Royal Regatta Town Grapples with ‘Super rats’

Royal Regatta Town Grapples with ‘Super rats’

A recent research has unveiled how regatta town Henley-on-Thames is grappling with Brown rats and the diseases they suffer from. It has been claimed that they have come from parts of Berkshire and Hampshire, and are now attacking both urban and rural areas.

It has been further explained that though they appear a lot like their non-mutant counterparts, it has been also found that they are resistant to pest controls too, thereby showing a scary concern for one and all.

"The reason we need to get rid of them is because they transmit diseases from themselves to humans and farm animals. They can be life-threatening", said Study leader Dr. Alan Buckle, a research fellow from the University of Reading, while asserting that rats do carry range of diseases. As far as the anticoagulant-resistant rats are concerned, they are under the risk of same diseases like otgervrats, but the new breed can make things difficult because of their genetic mutation.

Funded by nine organizations involved in pest control, the team tracked down where the rats were found, including farms around Henley and the area around Berkshire towns Caversham and Sonning. However, there is no success in finding exact locations.

It's required that some way out is being found out in the same context so that humans can be saved from such illnesses.


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