Mice Rain – UPSC Prelims

What is Mice Rain?
    • The mice population in Australia has increased exponentially. These mice are causing extensive damages to the cultivated crop and stored food grains. In some places, mice falling out from rooftops. This situation is being referred to as Mice Rain.
  • How plague is related to mice rain?
    • Plague is a life-threatening infectious disease caused by rod-shaped bacteria called Yersinia pestis.
    • It is found in mammals such as mice. As the mice population is increasing, the spread of the disease is also increasing. This means that the plague is increasing due to Mice rain.
  • Causes of Plague:
    • Scientists have attributed the plague to an unusually abundant grain harvest earlier in the season. This resulted in a surplus of mice earlier in the season.
    • Further, mice have a short breeding cycle and a pair of breeding mice can give birth to a new litter every twenty-one days. Hence, this has led to an exponential increase in mice in Australia.
  • Effects of Plague:
    • Rodents such as mice are capable of destroying food grains. They can also cause widespread damage to domestic households, commercial businesses, farms, manufacturers, and livestock.
    • Further, rodents can not only chew materials but can also ruin supplies by excreting them.
    • Rodents can also cause diseases such as leptospirosis and typhus fever. They can also carry fleas or ticks that can harm pets and humans.
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