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An Urban Problem: Rats on the Rise

Add a plague of rats to everything else New York faces in trying to rebound from the Covid-19 pandemic.

Add a plague of rats to everything else New York faces in trying to rebound from the Covid-19 pandemic.

The city’s 311 line had received more than 21,000 calls about rat sightings through last Wednesday, compared with 15,000 in the same period in 2019. Health inspections to look for indications of “active rats” nearly doubled in the latest fiscal year. There have also been 15 cases this year of leptospirosis, a bacterial disease that can cause serious liver and kidney damage. In the city, it is typically spread through rat urine, according to health officials. One case was fatal.

It’s Monday. Today we’ll look at rats in New York, which have become a more serious problem than ever. And with the New York Comedy Festival beginning tonight, we will also look at humor at this moment in the pandemic. Credit...Jutharat Pinyodoonyachet for The New York Times Rats running [...]


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