Ana Vargas, 40, was riding a southbound A train on Friday when she was attacked by a rat. Vargas said that she felt a rat on the insides of her pants, and the rat was scratching her.
According to the Gothamist
, Vargas tried to shake it out but that tactic didn't work. She then decided to take off her pants right in front of fellow commuters. Vargas says she now has PTSD as a result of the attack. Vargas said that she was still shook up over the incident and that she had to take pills on Saturday night just so she could get to sleep.
According to the New York Post
, the rat eventually fall out of her pants, and then ran back onto the subway-car floor. Vargas said that was when other riders were screaming and many of them were getting on top of seats to avoid the rat.
According to the Wall Street Journal
, a spokesman for the Metropolitan Transportation Authority said that Vargas did request medical attention after the incident occurred. Vargas was then brought to a hospital.
The MTA said that subway cars, tracks and platforms are often cleaned of debris that could potentially attract rats. The MTA also said that riders should try not to eat in the subways and they should always throw their trash away into a garbage can.
The MTA says it cleans subway cars, station platforms and track areas of debris that may attract rodents. It says riders can help by refraining from eating in the subways and throwing trash in garbage cans.