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Hantavirus

Description

Deadly disease from rodent bites or ingesting their excrement

Cause

Rodent excrement and contaminated food

Symptoms

Febrile illnesses (fever, headache, muscle aches, nausea, vomiting, lower back pain) with kidney, blood or respiratory ailments, sometimes fatal

Treatment

Seek medical attention from a physician

Prevention

Avoid eating raw and poorly cooked meat.
Wear surgical gloves and masks when handling rodents.
Campsites and cabins should properly dispose of mice and rodents before they are occupied.
Spray premises with detergents or diluted bleach before thorough cleaning.
Avoid dry sweeping and vacuuming the infected area as airborne particles could be produced.

Handling Animals

Infected animals shed virus in their urine, feces and saliva and can be chronically infected

Other Facts

A possible new hantavirus was discovered in 1983 with the first cases reported in Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico and Utah. A deer mouse may have infected the people



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