Watch out for Hantavirus


More and more people are starting to open up their windows to let the fresh air in, but you need to watch out for hantavirus.

It’s a rare disease you can get by breathing in air that’s been contaminated with rodent urine or droppings. 

The Hantavirus is carried by some kinds of rodents, usually in deer mice.

You’re at risk if you don’t clean up mouse and rat droppings and if you work in areas, where mice and rats live. 

According to the North Dakota Department of Health, there was one case in 2018, but there are signs to look out for. 

“Some of the symptoms of hantavirus is that it starts out fever, fatigue, tiredness. Then it progresses within a short period of time usually days to where some people will start to have respiratory symptoms and stress. They will have troubles breathing, shortness of breath and their lungs fill up with fluid,” said Michelle Dethloff, the Program Manager at North Dakota Department of Health.

To help prevent getting it, clean up mouse and rat droppings with a disinfectant or mixture of bleach and water. 

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