IAccording to media reports, the prison is being vacated due to a mouse infection in southeastern Australia. Broadcaster ABC said Tuesday that the move was necessary to protect the health of staff and detainees, citing a facility near Wellington in the Australian state. New South Wales. “Rats start to rot, and then insects are the next problem,” said Peter Severin, an employee at a detention center 260 kilometers northwest of Sydney.
According to the Australian news agency AAP, the rodents caused damage to electrical connections and roof panels. Over the next ten days, 420 inmates and 200 staff are to be distributed to other prisons in the area until the repairs are completed.
New South Wales has been battling the worst mouse plague in nearly 40 years for months. Animals can destroy crops and spread dangerous diseases to humans: From the beginning of January to the end of May, 57 leptospirosis cases were reported, according to the state health agency. It is a rare disease that leads to kidney failure and meningitis, which often spreads in rats. In 2020 there were only eleven cases.
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