Author: SuperUser Account/Wednesday, March 18, 2015/Categories: Uncategorized, Living
The California Department of Public Health confirmed that 4 out of 17 mice collected in January by Riverside County Environmental Health officials from San Timoteo Canyon in the Norton Younglove Preserve near Beaumont have tested positive for hantavirus. There have been no documented human cases of hantavirus pulmonary syndrome from Riverside County.
Hantavirus may be transmitted by inhaling tiny droplets contaminated with the virus from mouse droppings and urine or from contact with mice. Infected mice do not appear to show any signs of illness and it is important to keep from stirring-up materials while cleaning any mouse-infested areas in and around homes, especially in rural areas. Residents can take the following steps to reduce their exposure to hantavirus:
Individuals concerned about illness should contact their health provider. For more information on hantavirus and the Vector Control Program, contact the Riverside County Department of Environmental Health office in Hemet at (951) 766-9454 or use the Department website at www.rivcoeh.org/Programs/vector.
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