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
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