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Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome In Children
Hantavirus infection is acquired from exposure to urine and droppings from infected rodents. Also known as "Sin Nombre" virus, infection can lead to Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome (HPS). The symptoms are fairly non-specific (fever, aches, cough, breathing problems, etc). There is no specific treatment so focus is on supportive care. The CDC quotes a mortality rate of 38%. In 2012 there was an outbreak of Hantavirus Infection ...Read more
HPS: There is no clear specific treatment for this syndrome. ...Read more
Unlikely: Hantavirus is a shed by rodents and people get exposed when dust contaminated with rodent droppings is disturbed and inhaled. In general, hantavirus infection is rare and travelers to developing countries are not considered to be a significantly increased risk. ...Read more
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From NJ, almost stepped on a dead deer mouse on walk path. My beanie fell on my shoe later, but I had to wear it to protect me. Could I get hantavirus?
Think I have health anxiety I never really get fevers but now I have 101 fever and I'm scared of hantavirus. Was in healdsburg ca in open field workn?
Temp 101: Be certain you do not have heat induces illness. How hot was ti working in the field. More likely that hantavirus. ...Read more
Yes: A man asks about the risk of transmission of Hanta Virus from petting a mouse/cat. There is a belief that people may be able to get infected with the virus if they touch something that has been contaminated with rodent urine, droppings or saliva and then touches their nose or mouth. So it is prudent not to touch rodents and if you pet your cat make sure you wash your hands soon. ...Read more
Yes: This viral infection follows exposure to rodents which carry it, and rodents have a world-wide distribution. Most frequently acquired by exposure to rodent feces, but there have been some cases of human to human transmission. This was first described in korea in the hantan valley, therefore its name. ...Read more
From Jersey City, I inhaled air from the trash chute while discarding trash in my apt. I don't know why chute was emitting air but scared for hantavirus?
Hanta virus trash: From Jersey City, I inhaled air from the trash chute while discarding trash in my apt. I don't know why chute was emitting air but scared for hantavirus? ANS: That must have been a smelly thing. Never heard of getting hantavirus from this. Check with local health department about cases or hantavirus in NJ and how folks got it. Usually dust inhalation with mouse feces. Did it smell mousey? ...Read more
I am from Jersey. An older mail from PA for someone who stayed before me had been soiled with something like excreta. I am worried about hantavirus?
Not likely: It's very doubtful that pathogens would survive a mail transportation from pa. To nj. Also very brief exposure to the envelop or its contents wouldn't allow much chance of transmission of contagious disease. If you have further concerns or are not feeling well, consult your physician. ...Read more
Ate some bread that I later discovered had a few mouse droppings on it. Worried about hantavirus. Should I be worried? And is there a test for it?
Hantavirus: People may be able to get the virus if they touch something that has been contaminated with rodent urine, droppings, or saliva, and then touch their nose or mouth. The major route may be by breathing in similar materials that have become airborne. The incubation period is not known. Early symptoms include fatigue, fever and muscle aches, especially in the large muscle groups—thighs, hips, back, and sometimes shoulders. These symptoms are universal. ...Read more
Live in NC and my husband picked up a gate in garage (no dragging) and we noticed black mouse droppings (10ish) He put the gate back. Nothing was moved or disturbed. Is this an exposure for hantavirus? We didn't sweep or vacuum? We both were standing
Not Likely: Too far fetched and not likely at all to get Hantavirus this senario ...Read more
I picked up some stuff from old house and dust came into my eyes. The hantavirus can transmit that way? How long live outside from mices?
Don't worry!: Yes, hantavirus lives in droppings and urine from rodents. To get the virus, there must be rodents who live around your house. If there are no rodents, don't worry! Even if there are rodents, it's very unlikely you have contracted hantavirus. If you start to get muscle aches all over your body, see a doctor and tell him or her your concerns. Hantavirus is not common. ...Read more