Cockroaches: Diseases From the Other Household Pests

posted by Jael Ever @ 14:58 PM
June 6, 2011

It is an unpleasant subject, but as America is being pelted more and more by floods, earthquakes and other earth disturbances, the public must exercise greater care for the prevalence of “normal” household pests, that were once considered rather harmless.  Most people are not aware of the diseases that well-known insects can bring.  However, because of the filth they live and breed in, roaches carry many diseases.  And they must be seen as a greater threat to human survival.

 For instance, cockroaches can transmit such diseases as: asthma, allergies, staphylococcus, streptococcus, dysentery, typhoid, salmonella, gastroenteritis and Ecoli bacteria.  Health and fitness expert, Sharon Bell adds: The cockroach is a very significant threat to public health as it is a mechanical carrier of germs and diseases. It may also pass on parasitic worms, the viruses of poliomyelitis, and other microorganisms such as those carrying hepatitis A and leprosy.”

 Some scientists even believe that roaches carry the dreaded SARS virus.  Dr. Xing Ping Hu, Assistant Professor of  Entomology at Auburn University, reports that roaches are known carriers of many different diseases, including: “32 bacterial and 17 fungal related diseases, three protozoa-related illnesses and two viruses.”  The suspicion about SARS came when that diseases broke out in very crowded apartment buildings in Hong Kong.  Dr. Art Appel, also an entomology professor at Auburn University, said that roaches, as carriers of the dreadful outbreak, is certainly in the realm of possibility. He adds further that “cockroaches are believed to be mechanical vectors of some disease organisms,” meaning that they can carry a disease from one place to another.  Both researchers site other examples of roaches producing deadly diseases in crowded apartment buildings including: dysentery outbreaks in Northern Ireland and in Southern California.  “In both cases, the illnesses began dropping off when cockroach populations declined.”

 While it is not in the Bible, the old-time adage “Cleanliness is next to Godliness” was once the housewife’s 11th commandment.  Certainly what separated Old Testament believers from their heathen neighbors was the extraordinary caution that Jewish priests took with cleanliness when attacking disease.  The Old Testament book of Leviticus in wholesale Christian Bibles commanded priests to wash down homes, patients and themselves thoroughly and often to prevent the spread of disease.  And their practices provided a basis for modern medicine.  Both the adage and such practice of cleanliness must return to the proper care of living quarters if people are to survive these attacks from killer insects now moving upon the earth.  Just as Old Testament believers looked to priests for their health and healing, people today must look to Jesus, The Author and High Priest of Our Faith (Hebrews 12: 2).  He is ever willing to save, to bless to heal and to cleanse us from all that sickens and defiles!

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