Rats on a plane? No problem, say Chinese authorities

crime | Oct 17, 2013 | By Martin Barillas

In what might seem like a plot for movie starring Samuel L. Jackson, media reports have emerged from China that a jetliner was found infested with rats. According to China's Shanghai Daily, at least eleven rats were found hiding beneath a seat in business class on flight arriving at the Xiamen airport from Hong Kong. The reports claim that this was the worst infestation found yet on an inbound plane.

Xiamen is a city of 3.5 million residents in Fujian province on China's southeast coast on the Taiwan Strait.



Inspectors first found a rat's nest under one of the business class seats where a female rat had been nursing 10 rat pups. The rat pups were immediately captured, but the female rat was not captured until the next day. Following the September 30 discovery, the airliner cabin was immediately closed as the Xiamen airport put into effect an emergency health response.

Rats can carry various diseases, according to the Centers for Disease Control, incliudingHantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome, Hemorrhagic Fever with Renal Syndrome, Lassa Fever, LeptospirosisLymphocytic Chorio-meningitis (LCM), Omsk Hemorrhagic Fever, Bubonic Plague, Rat-Bite Fever, Salmonellosis, South American Arenaviruses, Tularemia, and Hantavirus. Rats are also known to inflict injuries with their sharp incisors.

Authorities claim that no viruses were left behind by the rodents. The quarantine was lifted after a search found no more evidence of rodents.



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Spero News writer Martin Barillas is a former US diplomat, who also worked as a democracy advocate and election observer in Latin America. His first novel 'Shaken Earth', is available at Amazon.

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