Don't leave food out
Arthur Hooper, the deputy coroner for Brighton and Hove, said: "The public should be made aware of the dangers of leaving food out, deliberately or unintentionally, that might attract animals like rats. If you must come into contact with rats please wear gloves."
Please copy to those recommending us to pile up our rotting food in the hope it will compost in our overcrowded towns and cities. I had a dog die of leptospirosis caught from a rat, the only safe way to handle them is with a lump of lead.