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Medicine For Hantavirus Infection
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
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
Possilble, unlikely: There are different strains of hantavirus and exposure to one may not confer immunity to others, but acquiring this is unusual to begin with, and getting it twice would be very unlikely. ...Read more
Maybe dumb question but if hantavirus went airborne and landed on your jacket could it go airborne again and still infect you. or any material?
Little or no risk: Not a dumb question. But there is little or no risk from this. It requires heavy exposure to catch hantavirus, which is why it only happens in people directly exposed to large amounts of rodent droppings. It is very unlikely that enough virus that went airborne would still be concentrated enough to spread infection from another site like clothing. ...Read more
Do you have it?: If you've been diagnosed w/ this - ask your doctor for as much information as possible and follow treatment directions carefully. If you're just worried about it having heard alarming things, here's official info: It's bad, but w/ early Tx some get better. Breathing is the critical issue. It's from contact w/ rodents or droppings. http://www.cdc.gov/hantavirus/ For 'paranoia' see a therapist. Best ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
What percent of mice carry hantavirus? Only one case in Vermont in the last 14 years but still scary!
Hanta virus: Great question. Regional US variety in terms of where it is common and where it is not. CDC link below that tracks cases in US. http://www.cdc.gov/hantavirus/surveillance/ Hope this helps. ...Read more
1 wk ago I was in a cabin in MT. It was dirty, old, & lots of dust got kicked up in the air. Scared of hantavirus. Should I be worried?
Shouldn't worry.: Not much can be done now,anyway.If you start coughing,go in to your Doc sooner than later. ...Read more
How long would hantavirus live say in a 100 degree garage or on a animals fur if they killed a deer mouse? how easy is it to contract hantavirus?
Difficult: Mice are everywhere and the conditions under which folks seem to catch hantavirus are "primitive". A big dose of mouse excitement inhaled seems to be the big risk ...Read more
From NJ,I was waiting for the elevator in my apartment in the 11 floor when the custodian was vacuuming the path near me.I am worried about Hantavirus
What's the worry?: You are 26 years old and I'm glad you're reading up on health. I am puzzled, though, as to why you think you can catch hantavirus or anything else from being around folks vacuum-cleaning. Hantavirus is mostly a disease of squalor transmitted by very close involvement with mouse droppings. The world is full of dangers, known and unknown, but fearing ordinary daily things is something you can't do. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I was in Santa Clara CA today and I stepped on what looked like a dead deer mouse outside an apartment.I looked close to confirm.Will I get hantavirus?
Hantavirus Exposure: Some deer mice have hantavirus but not all of them. If you're exposed to a mouse that does, there's a chance you might also be exposed to the virus, especially if the germ has gone airborne. CDC recommends that if you're in areas with rodents it's best to avoid actions that raise dust. See CDC 's website for more information. https://www.cdc.gov/hantavirus/technical/hanta/airborne-transmiss ...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
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
Infections are invasions of some other organism (fungus, bacteria, parasite) or viruses into places where they do not belong. For instance, we have normal gut bacteria that live within us without causing problems; however, when those penetrate the bowel wall and enter the bloodstream, ...Read more