While New York City was suffering from an infestation of rats, it was shocking to see rats crawling along the body of a person sleeping on the subway.
According to NBC New York on the 5th (local time), the New York City Department of Health and Human Services recently announced that the rat population last year doubled compared to 2021. Approximately 60,000 rat sightings were reported in New York New last year, doubling the 30,000 reported in 2021.
Recently, it was shocking to see rats crawling along the body of a sleeping person in the New York subway. If you look carefully at the video, you can see that the rat climbs onto the foot of a man who was sleeping in a subway seat, then climbs up his arm and up to his shoulder. A man who wakes up with a strange sign wakes up in surprise when he finds a mouse. Netizens said that the video, where rats roam all over the body without being wary of people at all, shows New York’s rat problem in pieces.
In addition, on YouTube or TikTok, you can occasionally find mice wandering the streets without being wary of people. The rubbish bags that are put out on the street have all burst because the rats have been cut. They rummage through food waste indiscriminately and do not budge even when threatened by humans. Some will try to attack by jumping on the person’s leg.
After all, rats have become the bane of New York. It is said that there are more rats than people in New York. Experts estimated that the rat population would have increased significantly after the corona spread. It is an analysis that when most restaurants in New York City were closed due to the corona, a group of rats came out and started looking for food.
As the damage caused by rats increased, in December of last year the New York City government piled up an annual salary of 120,000 to 170,000 dollars (about 150 to 220 million won) to find a public official separate ‘rat catcher’. On the 25th of last month, it was announced that it would expand the food waste composting business. It intends to contribute to the eradication of mice and the protection of the environment by collecting food waste 24/7 and composting it.
Meanwhile, the Ministry of Health said that rats cause serious public health problems, including food contamination and the spread of the disease leptospirosis. Leptospirosis is an infectious disease transmitted by the urine of wild animals such as rats, and is accompanied by symptoms such as fever, headache, chills, severe muscle pain in the calves and thighs, and red eyes.