Hi everyone - I didn't know where to put this, but I thought here might be the most appropriate... Zen, if this is not right, feel free to delete.
Hi all - Send this around to whomever you feel appropriate... Some parts are written kinda strangely, but I am including a translation that I made as literal as possible... feel free to suggest improvements. (I put my comments in parenthesis.)
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穢，同時在某些區域發現死老鼠及老鼠屎。幾天後他開始胃不舒服、喉痛、頭疼及嘔吐，不過二天的時間他病得非 常嚴重。他的血糖指數下降到 66，他的臉
A storage worker in Hawai'i was cleaning/organizing stored goods. After he finished, he started complaining that the storage is very dirty, and he found dead rats and rat excrement in certain areas. A few days later, he started having stomach problems, a sore throat, headache, and was vomiting. His illness became very serious within two days. His blood sugar level decreased to 66 and his face and eyeballs became yellow. He was sent to the ER and was declared as "Internal organ failure" (not sure what the exact medical translation of that would be). He died before midnight.
當時沒有人懷疑他的死與工作有關，當時有一位醫師提及他是否在倉庫工作或暴露於老鼠或老鼠屎。有一種病菌﹝ 很像漢他病毒﹞生存在老鼠或老鼠屎中，這些鼠屎乾了以後很像灰塵，如果沒有穿戴任何保護器具很容易吸入，經 對死者作解剖證實了醫師的疑慮。
At the time, no one was suspicious that his death was related to his job. A doctor wondered if he worked in a storage area that was exposed to rats, or rat excrement. A bacteria (similar to Hanta bacteria) lives in rats or rat excrement. Dried rat excrement looks like dust, and is easily inhaled if one is not wearing any protection. The autopsy proved the doctor's inquiry.
This is why we always need to wash cans, the top of canned sodas, wipe off dust from boxes or plastic wrappings. Anything that you buy from supermarkets have been in storage for some length of a time. Some might have even been bitten. Most people will wash vegetables and fruit, but won't even think about boxes or cans. Even the most modern, high class stores will have rats.
Whenever you buy a canned drink, please use soap and water to clean the top. If that is impossible, use a straw.
The Disease Control Center in Atlanta did a research on canned drinks, and found that the top outer surface may still have dried rat urine -- poisonous and possibly fatal. Some canned drinks and food containers aren't washed and go directly from storage to retail stores.
經過調查後，發現是飲料上 的拉環處，有老鼠的尿液 --- 即是造成此人死亡的原因。
I remember there was a news in Taiwan three years ago, about a person who bought a canned drink from a convenience store, opened and drank without a straw. He was unconscious and dead in three days. After some examination, the cause of the person's death is dried rat urine on the pulling ring (not sure what this is called... pulling tab?) of the can.
我從此後，都只用吸管喝飲料，不然一定倒在杯子裡… 那個新聞是真人真事…… 太可怕了！
From then on, I only drink canned drinks with straws, or pour into a cup. That news was true... too scary!
You never know what the storage area of a convenience store (or any store, for that matter) has... better to use a straw!