April 23, 2024
Deer mouse, a standard provider of hantavirus. Photograph credit score: Wiki Commons

A deer mouse collected close to Mount Laguna final month has examined constructive for the possibly lethal hantavirus, county officers introduced Tuesday.

The pattern was collected Aug. 24 throughout routine monitoring.

It isn’t unusual to seek out hantavirus in wild rodents in San Diego County — that is the seventh such detection of the virus in 2023 — however individuals are not often uncovered to it as a result of wild rodents are likely to dwell away from people, officers stated. The virus may cause lethal infections in folks, and there’s no vaccine or remedy.

County officers reminded folks to by no means sweep or vacuum up after wild rodents in the event that they discover them of their properties, garages, sheds, cabins or different dwelling areas. Folks ought to use “wet-cleaning” strategies as an alternative to maintain from respiratory within the virus and getting sick.

Folks could be uncovered to hantavirus when wild rodents shed the virus of their urine, feces and saliva, after the matter dries, is stirred into the air and folks breathe it in.

Signs of hantavirus often develop from one to eight weeks after publicity and embrace extreme muscle aches, chills, fever or fatigue, headache or dizziness, nausea, vomiting or abdomen ache and issue respiratory. Anybody who thinks they may have been uncovered to hantavirus ought to search medical consideration instantly.

To keep away from publicity, residents ought to seal up all exterior holes bigger than a dime in properties, garages and sheds to maintain rodents from getting in, remove rodent infestations instantly, keep away from rodent-infested areas and never fire up mud or supplies that could be contaminated with rodent droppings and urine and clear up rodent droppings with the wet-cleaning methodology.

The strategy consists of:

— ventilating the affected space by opening doorways and home windows for at the least half-hour;

— utilizing gloves and spraying a ten% bleach answer or different disinfectants onto useless rodents, rodent droppings, nests, contaminated traps and surrounding areas and letting the disinfectant stand for at the least quarter-hour earlier than cleansing;

— cleansing with a sponge or mop that has been soaked in disinfectant;

— putting disinfected rodents and particles into two plastic luggage, sealing them and discarding within the trash, washing gloves in a bleach answer, then with cleaning soap and water, and disposing of them utilizing the identical double-bag methodology; and

— totally washing arms with cleaning soap and water.

— Metropolis Information Service