The viral video has sparked debate on social media, with some users writing the rodent is adorable, while another posted that it was their worst fear.
The man had been hospitalized repeatedly with the same symptoms when it was found he ingested Bromadiolone and Coumatetralyl—two chemicals used in rat poison.
The children, aged 4 to 16, were dirty, malnourished, uneducated, and one little girl's hair was so matted there were maggots living in it, police say.
"I would literally take a bullet for Koda," said one user.
Police say "several bags" containing approximately 30 domesticated hooded rats were discarded.
The 18-year-old patient was also suffering from a fever, vomiting, and yellowing of the skin and eyes.
A man can be heard saying in the video, "I don't know what to do! There's endless rats. Oh my God!"
One shocked viewer wrote: "I was going to get my Christmas tree out today… I don't think I'll bother."
The problem is so severe that the city recently posted a job listing seeking a director of rodent mitigation.
"The human Y is in the very last stages of degeneration, and the big question is how long till it, too, gets lost," expert Jenny Graves told Newsweek.
"Time to burn down the house," wrote one commenter on the viral Reddit post, while another put, "Nothing grosses me out more than maggots."
#RatVerified was the No. 1 Trending Topic on Twitter Wednesday, when users rebelled against new owner Elon Musk's plan to charge $8 to be verified.
"This episode of Tom and Jerry is weird," one user said.
Rats are being trained to be sent into earthquake debris wearing tiny backpacks outfitted with microphones so rescue teams can talk to survivors.
The Black Death from 1346 to 1353 was the most fatal pandemic in human history, claiming up to 200 million lives.
"OP is missing the obvious takeaway from this situation. The only logical course of action is more snakes," one user commented.
Cuban treefrogs have been found to be a new host of parasitic nematode that causes the deadly disease.
The kangaroo rat filmed earned the nickname "ninja rat" on account of its incredible evasive jumps and mid-air kicks.
Ricardo Land has received over $27K in GoFundMe donations and says he was suspended after his viral video showed a rat infestation.
The large rat can be seen moving in the toilet bowl as people nearby address it as "sir" and a "distinguished gentleman."
"You still love that chicken from Popeyes?" the man filming the video asks.
Being forced to stay indoors during the lockdowns of the COVID-19 pandemic has led to fewer food sources outside for rats.
The rat pack reportedly darted inside a kennel to steal food from the dish of a dog sitting inside.
The videos have amassed a total of 9 million views as the farmer helped nurse the injured rat back to health.
Many of the surviving rats are reportedly seeking safer ground inside people's homes and in city parks.
David Barrett, an avid birdwatcher who snapped images of the incident, told Newsweek that he had never seen a great blue heron eating a rat before.
Some teachers said the infestation has been an on-going problem for years and it has been a noticeable issue within the school.
Margaret Holzmann from California had a fever, headache and fatigue, but her coronavirus test came back negative. So, her doctor asked if she had encountered any wild animals.
A video of a snake being fed into a wall to scare out nearly a dozen rats has gone viral on Twitter.