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2014-10-17 04:16:17 – Biological Hazard – USA
EDIS Code: BH-20141017-45665-USA
Date&Time: 2014-10-17 04:16:17 [UTC]
State/Prov.: State of California,
Location: San Diego County,
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A deer mouse trapped in Fallbrook tested positive for hantavirus, which can cause a potentially deadly respiratory disease, the San Diego County Department of Environmental Health reported Thursday. The mouse was the seventh captured rodent this year to have hantavirus. County officials said San Diegans need to be careful when cleaning up rodent droppings. “The best way to protect yourself is to avoid exposure,” said DEH Director Elizabeth Pozzebon. “But if you have to clean an area where rodents have been, don’t sweep or vacuum. Use wet-cleaning methods.” Hantavirus is not easily transmitted to humans, but if it happens, it can lead to hantavirus pulmonary syndrome, which the county said is fatal 38 percent of the time. The disease starts off like the flu, but respiratory problems set in that can be deadly.
The name of Hazard: Hantavirus
Posted:2014-10-17 04:16:17 [UTC]