Rat control begins on Grand Concourse
City workers arrived Friday to clean up a Melrose building at the center of several cases of a rare, rat-related illness that killed one person and sickened two others.
They installed new garbage cans and rat traps at 750 Grand Concourse in an effort to cut down the vermin population. The three leptospirosis are linked to contact with rat urine, according to health officials.
Residents there blame their landlord, Ved Parkash, for the building's general disrepair. As News 12 has reported, he is named on the city's official Worst Landlords List.
"It's infested," one tenant told News 12. "They should have been doing something about this a long time ago, not just wait for people to die."