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Tri-County Health Department is warning residents to take precautions against hantavirus when cleaning up rodent droppings

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Tri-County Health Department is warning residents to take precautions against hantavirus when cleaning up rodent droppings

Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome is a very rare condition, caused by a virus that is carried by rodents, especially deer mice. It is fatal to humans in almost half the cases. There have been three hantavirus deaths in Colorado so far this year, none in the Tri-County region.

 

 

 People catch hantavirus by inhaling dust that contains airborne particles from the feces, urine or saliva of deer mice. This contaminated dust may be found in a closed space such as a garage, cabin, barn, shed or other mouse-infested area.

 

 

 

More hantavirus information is available on the Tri-County Health Department website at www.tchd.org/animalborne.htm.

 

 

 

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