Rodents, such as deer mice, white-footed mice, rice rats and cotton rats, have been known to carry hantavirus. Exposure to infected rodents or their urine, saliva or faeces can cause diseases like hantavirus haemorrhagic fever with renal syndrome (HFRS) or hantavirus pulmonary syndrome (HPS). With a mortality rate of 38%, HPS can be fatal.
Here are some things you need to know about the rare yet deadly virus:
1. Anyone can contract HPS, even healthy people. That is why it is important to stay clear of mice or rats more so rodent-infested areas.
2. Hantaviruses are airborne. Once inhaled, they dwell in the lungs and occupy one’s capillaries, or tiny blood vessels, breaking them. Then, fluid fills the lungs, leading to HPS in some cases.
3. Early symptoms are much like those of influenza or pneumonia. These may consist of fever, headaches, chills, muscle pain, vomiting, diarrhoea or abdominal pain. Late symptoms include coughing with secretions, shortness of breath and low blood pressure. These happen 4 to 10 days after the initial phase of the illness.
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• Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (n.d.). Signs & Symptoms | Hantavirus | DHCPP | CDC.
• Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (n.d.). Facts About Hantaviruses: What You Need To Know To Prevent the Disease Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome (HPS).