Biology/rat and mouse germs
I found some newspaper clippings of my children when they were younger had been chewed by what looks like some rodent. Apparently, I wasn't worried at the time since they were in a folder where there were no droppings or traces of rodent urine. However, I continue to worry they might be contaminated.
I have no clue when they were damaged. I have been carrying family pictures like this around for years. (I am 77)
Should I be concerned about other family keepsakes they were near? The newspaper was from the 1970s and I believe the type at that time had printers ink that killed germs.
I would appreciate either reassurance everything is Ok or something I should do to make sure it is OK.
Almost nothing in the environment is 100% sterile including newspapers. When they first come off the press they have every few germs but as soon as they are handled things change.
I am sure that your old papers, photos are are not contaminated with dangerous bacteria. Hand washing after handling is a good idea however
Fresh rodent droppings can be a danger to pregnant women