Hantavirus cases raise concern

Hantavirus cases raise concern

Recent cases of Hantavirus, including two confirmed deaths, linked to some visitors at Yosemite National Park have raised concerns for Mother Lode residents. Hanta virus is usually caused by inhaling small particles of urine, droppings or saliva of infected mice, primarily deer mice. According to the Amador County Health Department, there has never been a case of Hantavirus reported locally, but anyone who has visited Yosemite National Park in the last few months should heed the advice from the California Department of Public Health. According to the Health Department, a non-emergency phone line for questions and concerns on Hantavirus in Yosemite has been set up at 209 372-0822. The phones are staffed from 9 am to 5 pm daily. Precautionary steps to avoid Hantavirus include avoiding areas, especially indoors, where mice are likely to have been present, keep food in tightly sealed containers, take care not to stir up dust while cleaning sleeping or living areas, and spray areas contaminated by mice with a bleach solution. For more detailed information visit the Federal Centers for Disease Control website. 

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