PLACER COUNTY, California (KOLO) – A resident of Placer County, who recently died and was tested positive for hantavirus, probably teased the rodent virus in a house in Lake Tahoe where the resident lived and worked, according to
They do not believe that the public is in danger.
"We are very sorry to announce that Hantavirus was involved in the tragic death of one of our parishioners," said Placer County Health Officer. Rob Oldham. "This unfortunate loss reminds us that hantavirus is very dangerous, but the silver lining is that hantavirus infections are quite rare and can be prevented, it seems the source of this deadly infection has been cleared."
Hantavirus can be carried by rodents who spill the virus into urine, feces, and saliva. Humans become infected when they breathe air contaminated with the virus, usually when someone feces when cleaning a contaminated area such as dandruff or rodent or nesting material The virus is not transmitted from person to person.
Symptoms of hantavirus infection typically occur within two to four weeks of exposure, but can occur as early as a week or eight weeks after infection as the flu: fever, headache and abdominal pain, back and forth Joint pain, sometimes nausea and vomiting, the main symptom are breathing difficulties caused by fluid retention in the lungs. People should seek medical help if they experience symptoms after direct or indirect exposure to rodents, especially if they have difficulty breathing.
In the western United States, deer mice are the host for the virus. Some activities that increase the risk of exposure to hantavirus in California include:
opening and cleaning a previously unused building, especially in rural areas
house cleaning in case of rodent infestation, especially by sweeping or dry wiping. (Signs of infestation may include feces, signs of nests, nests, sounds, and more.)
Workers in construction, supply, and pest control may be exposed when working in crawl spaces, under houses, or in empty buildings
hikers be exposed when using infested shelters or camping in rodent habitats.
To minimize the risk of hantavirus infection, follow these simple steps:
Avoid Contact with All Wild Rodents, Their Faeces, and Nesting Material [1
Do not dry or aspirate areas that may be contaminated by rodents.
Surfaces that may be contaminated by rodents Urine or feces should be moistened with a 10% bleach solution or a commercially available disinfectant according to the instructions on the label before wiping.
Dispose of all cleaning materials immediately and wash hands thoroughly.
Examine the exterior of all buildings and seal holes or other areas where rodents may enter.
Store all food safely in nontacky containers.