No, not you.
I’m talking about the rat in the storeroom or, should I say, this email is.
A stock clerk was sent to clean up a storeroom at their Maui, Hawaii location. When he got back, he was complaining that the storeroom was really filthy, and that he had noticed dried mouse or rat droppings in some areas.
A couple of days later, he started feeling like he was coming down with stomach flu, achy joints, headaches, and he also started throwing up. He went to bed and never really got up. Within two days he was so ill and weak.
His blood sugar count was down to 66 and his face and eyeballs were yellow. He was rushed to the emergency at Pali-Momi, where he was diagnosed to be suffering from massive organ failure.
He died shortly before midnight.
None of us would have ever made the connection between his job and his death, but the doctors specifically asked if he had been in a warehouse or exposed to dried rat or mouse droppings at any time. They said there is a virus (much like Hanta virus) that lives in dried rat and mouse droppings. Once dried, these droppings are like dust, and can easily be or ingested if a person is not careful to wash their hands and face thoroughly, or wear protective gear.
An autopsy was performed on the clerk to verify the doctor’s suspicions. This is why it is extremely important to ALWAYS carefully rinse off the tops of canned sodas or foods, and to wipe off pasta packaging, cereal boxes, and so on.
Almost everything you buy in a supermarket was stored in a warehouse at one time or another, and stores themselves often have rodents. Most of us remember to wash vegetables and fruits but never think of boxes and cans.
The ugly truth is… even the most modern, upper-class, super store has rats and mice. And their Warehouse most assuredly does. Whenever you buy any canned soft drink, please make sure that you wash the top with running water and soap, or if not available, drink with a straw. A family friend’s friend died after drinking a can of soda!
A brief investigation by the Center for Disease Control in Atlanta discovered the cause. The top was encrusted with dried rat’s urine which is toxic and obviously lethal!! Canned drinks and other food stuffs are stored in warehouses and containers that are usually infested with rodents and then get transported to the retail outlets without being properly cleaned.
Please forward this message to the people you care about.
Whilst there is no proof for this claim, and no way of categorically denying it either, it is still classed as an email hoax because it erroneously cites the Center for Disease Control in Atlanta.
They have never carried out any such investigation.