Hantavirus

Description

 

  • Deadly disease from rodent bites 
  • Ingesting their excrement
Cause
  • Rodent excrement and contaminated food
Symptoms
  • Febrile illnesses
  • Fever
  • Headache
  • Muscle aches
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting 
  • Lower back pain
  • Kidney, blood or respiratory ailments
  • Sometimes fatal
Treatment
  • Seek medical attention from a physician
Prevention
  • 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.