Do mice seem annoying but harmless? In reality, these small rodents carry a big health risk. A tragic incident this past summer illustrates why Carlsbad NM mouse control is a serious issue for everyone.
Hantavirus: A Potentially Lethal Disease
Last June, a 42-year-old woman living in McKinley County died from Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome (HPS). While it was the first fatality, this was the second confirmed case of HPS in New Mexico during 2019. In May, another McKinley County woman contracted the disease.
Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome, which affects the human respiratory system, has approximately a 40 percent fatality rate. The disease first came to public attention in 1993, when an outbreak occurred in the Four Corners region.
Causes and Symptoms of HPS
In New Mexico, the Sin Nombre virus that causes HPS is carried primarily by deer mice. Contact with a diseased rodent isn’t even necessary to contract HPS. Mouse droppings and urine release the virus into the air, where it can be inhaled by anyone in the area.
HPS infection causes flu-like symptoms including fever, muscle aches, coughing and abdominal distress. Onset occurs anywhere from one to six weeks after exposure. There’s currently no specific treatment for HPS, though early medical attention is generally successful in curing the disease.
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