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What are the tests for hantavirus pulmonary syndrome?

What are the tests for hantavirus pulmonary syndrome?

Antibody: Doing acute and convalescent phase antibody testing is effective retrospectively. Virus isolation and pcp tests are not widely available. ...Read more

Dr. Lonnie Smith
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Hantavirus Infection (Definition)

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


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What is the definition or description of: Hantavirus pulmonary syndrome?

What is the definition or description of: Hantavirus pulmonary syndrome?

See below: This is a respiratory illness contracted from Deer Mice, typically out west. This illness leads to rapid respiratory failure, ARDS and death if not treated. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of hantavirus pulmonary syndrome (hps)?

What are the symptoms of hantavirus pulmonary syndrome (hps)?

Numerous: Fever, chills, malaise, and particularly shortness of breath with pulmonary congestion and sometimes bloody sputum. All relatively non-specific and attributable to several different illnesses. ...Read more

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How likely is it that I get hantavirus if I just traveled to a developing country?

How likely is it that I get hantavirus if I just traveled to a developing country?

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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Are any treatments helpful for hantavirus infection?

Are any treatments helpful for hantavirus infection?

Hantavirus: There are no known antiviral medications effective against this virus, but natural recovery from the virus is possible with supportive treatment. ...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?

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?

No: There have been NO reported cases of Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome (HPS) in N.J. Most cases of HPS are acquired indoors from the stirring up of dust contaminated with mouse droppings or saliva. It is much less likely to be acquired from the situation you describe. ...Read more

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How can I prevent getting the hantavirus?

How can I prevent getting the hantavirus?

Hantavirus: Avoid contact with fresh urine, droppings, or saliva of infected rodents. ...Read more

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My cat killed mouse in garage could I get hantavirus from petting cat or mouse in the garage?

My cat killed mouse in garage could I get hantavirus from petting cat or mouse in the garage?

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

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Can someone get hantavirus infection anywhere?

Can someone get hantavirus infection anywhere?

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

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What is the hantavirus morbidity and mortality rate in the u.S.?

What is the hantavirus morbidity and mortality rate in the u.S.?

About 40% die: Morbidity rates are higher but I do not know the exact percentages, because the frequency of asymptomatic cases is not well studied. ...Read more

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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?

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

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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?

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

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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?

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

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My husband and I were moving a baby gate from our garage. We gently moved the set of gates and noticed mouse droppings underneath. We put the gate back where it was. Is this an exposure for hantavirus? We didn't sweep anything up only moved the gates

If the "exposure": To mouse droppings alone were a "high risk" for hanta there would be a lot more cases of the virus world wide. WEAR a mask BUT CLEAN UP the droppings! If you need a baby gate all the more reason to clean up!

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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

Dr. Roger Clark
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Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome (Definition)

This is a respiratory illness contracted from Deer Mice, typically out west. This illness leads to rapid respiratory failure, ARDS and ...Read more


Dr. Michael Gabor
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Respiratory (Definition)

Pertaining to the work of breathing done by the chest ...Read more