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Hantavirus

Description
Deadly disease from rodent bites or ingesting their excrement

Location
Worldwide

Cause
Rodent excrement and contaminated food

Symptoms
Ferbile 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.

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