Hantavirus

NEWS
11:05 am
Fri June 5, 2015

Hantavirus Kills Three In Colorado, Sickens A Fourth

Deer mice are the primary carriers of the hantavirus in Colorado.
Credit John Good / National Parks Service

Health officials said a Garfield County man who contracted hantavirus is now recovering at home, but the disease has killed three others in Colorado so far this year.

The Sin Nombre Virus is a strain of hantavirus found in the Four Corners states.

"Rodents, deer mice in particular, shed the virus in their urine and droppings," said Thomas Orr, a regional epidemiologist at the Mesa County Health Department, "and then when humans come in contact with those droppings they breathe in the virus." 

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8:09 am
Fri June 5, 2015

KVNF Regional Newscast: Friday, June 5, 2015

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HEALTH
11:06 am
Fri July 25, 2014

Mesa County Confirms Case Of Hantavirus

Deer mice are the primary carriers of the hantavirus in Colorado.
Credit John Good / National Parks Service

    

The Mesa County Health Department said a child who lives in the county is being treated for hantavirus.

The boy was transported to Denver over the weekend for treatment, according to a release from the county.

Hantavirus is a rodent-borne illness mainly carried by deer mice in Colorado and other Four-Corner states. It can be deadly

Jennfier House, a veterinarian for the Colorado Department of Public Health, said the virus can make people extremely sick and kills over a third of people who get it. 

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8:19 am
Fri July 25, 2014

KVNF Regional Newscast: Friday, July 25, 2014

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NEWS
8:16 am
Wed April 23, 2014

KVNF Regional News: Wednesday, April 23, 2014

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