The Deer Mouse is one of at least four rodents known to spread hantavirus
(photo courtesy of CDC)
Spring cleaning time is here, and chores may include sweeping out garages, basements, sheds, cottages and cabins. Keep in mind that these environments may contain rodent droppings, which can present a rare but deadly health risk from hantavirus. Hantavirus was first recognized in North America in May, 1993 in The Four Corners area of Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado and Utah. The first case probably occurred in Utah in 1959. It has since been found in other states and other countries.
According to the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) website, people become infected with hantaviruses through contact with infected rodents, their urine or their droppings. To date, CDC has identified Deer Mice, Cotton Rats, Rice Rats and White-footed Mice as hantavirus carriers. Descriptions of these rodents and maps showing … READ MORE >>READ MORE >>