Hantavirus pulmonary syndrome: This is caused by white footed mice, cotton and rice rats, or deer mice. It can spread by bites, direct contact with the animals or their excrement and breathing dust which has been contaminated by their urine or excrement.
The Plague: This occurs not only in Asia but the United States, South America, Africa etc. Wild rodents, wood rats, prairie dogs and fox squirrels can be carriers. It spreads by either direct contact with an infected animal or even their fleas. This is a bacterial disease.