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Hantavirus Infection Confirmed in Southwest Utah

Published on April 04, 2014 at 02:11PM

The Southwest Utah Public Health Department has confirmed a case of hantavirus infection in Kane County. Hantavirus incidences are rare in the five-county region, with the last case begin reported four years ago in Iron County. The virus is found in droppings, urine, and saliva of rodents, usually deer-mice.

Hantavirus infection starts with flu-like symptoms followed by difficulty breathing and can be life-threatening. Treatment includes intensive hospital care to deal with the respiratory distress. The virus is not known to spread from person-to-person. Hantavirus infection can be prevented by avoiding contact with rodents, including nests and droppings.