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Doctor insights on: Hantavirus Symptoms

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Dr. Krishna Kumar
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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 are the signs and symptoms of hantavirus?

What are the signs and symptoms of hantavirus?

See below: Hantavirus pulmonary syndrome in the usa starts as a febrile illness with diffuse myalgias. 4-5 days later it is followed by the lungs filling with fluid causing respiratory failure associated with shock. It is then a life threatening infection. ...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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Scared about hantavirus?

Scared about hantavirus?

Don't be: Don't be scared. It is quite rare except in rare outbreaks like at yosemite valley in 2012. It's spread by aerosolization of rodent excreta. Stay clear of rodents and if cleaning up rodent droppings first spray the area with 10% bleach. I'm alot more worried about north korea and iran personally. ...Read more

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How do you treat hantavirus?

How do you treat hantavirus?

Supportive tx: The likelihood of surviving hantavirus cardiopulmonary syndrome increases with early recognition, hospitalization, and pulmonary and hemodynamic support with monitoring in the ICU and mechanical ventilation to treat respiratory failure. Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ecmo) has been used successfully in some patients who were extremely likely to die from the infection. ...Read more

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What are the other names of hantavirus?

What are the other names of hantavirus?

Hantavirus: There are a # of Hantaviruses. Some names: hemorrhagic fever with renal syndrome, HFRS, hantavirus pulmonary syndrome, HPS, hemorrhagic nephrosonephritis, epidemic hemorrhagic fever, Korean hemorrhagic fever, nephropathia endemica, NE. http://nj.gov/agriculture/divisions/ah/diseases/hantavirus.html) ...Read more

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How can you know if you have hantavirus?

How can you know if you have hantavirus?

Dr would diagnose: Rodents could spread Hanta virus to a human. It may cause: fever, chills, muscle aches, dry cough, malaise, chills, abdominal pain headache,dizziness, shortness of breath, nausea, vomiting or diarrhea. The mortality rate is 38%. ...Read more

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What is hantavirus? What happens when you get it?

What is hantavirus? What happens when you get it?

A virus: Rodents could spread Hantavirus to a human. It may cause: fever, chills, muscle aches, dry cough, malaise, chills, abdominal pain headache,dizziness, shortness of breath, nausea, vomiting or diarrhea. The mortality rate is 38%. ...Read more