KUSA – Garfield County is dealing with their first Hantavirus infection since 2012. The country is warning residents to use precautions to avoid being exposed to the infection.
Hantavirus infections is spread by deer mice through urine, droppings and saliva. Humans are exposed when contaminated dirt and dust are stirred up or through contact with an infected mouse. It is not spread person to person.
Symptoms include muscle ache, fatigue, high fever, dizziness, headaches, chills, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea and abdominal pain.
There is a 36% mortality rate associated with Hantavirus, and there is no known treatment, cure or vaccine for the infection.
Precautions include rodent-proofing homes, storing firewood at least 100 feet from the house and keeping vegetation around the home well-trimmed.
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