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

Three deer mice collected close to Mount Laguna examined optimistic for the possibly lethal hantavirus, county officers introduced this week.

The pattern was collected Wednesday throughout routine monitoring, in line with the San Diego County Division of Environmental Well being and High quality.

It’s not unusual to seek out hantavirus in wild rodents in San Diego County — that is the thirteenth detection of the virus in 2023 — however individuals are hardly ever uncovered to it as a result of wild rodents are inclined to reside away from people, officers mentioned. The virus may cause lethal infections in folks, and there’s no vaccine or treatment.

Officers reminded folks to by no means sweep or vacuum up after wild rodents in the event that they discover them of their houses, garages, sheds, cabins or different residing areas. Folks ought to use “wet-cleaning” strategies as a substitute to maintain from respiration within the virus and getting sick.

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

Signs normally 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 problem respiration. Anybody who thinks they could 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 houses, garages and sheds to maintain rodents from getting in, get rid of rodent infestations instantly, keep away from rodent-infested areas and never fire up mud or supplies that could be contaminated with rodent droppings or urine.

The “wet-cleaning technique” consists of:

— Ventilating the affected space by opening doorways and home windows for a minimum of half-hour;

— Utilizing gloves and spraying a ten% bleach resolution or different disinfectants onto lifeless rodents, rodent droppings, nests, contaminated traps and surrounding areas and letting the disinfectant stand for a minimum of quarter-hour earlier than cleansing;

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

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

— Totally washing fingers with cleaning soap and water.

–Metropolis Information Service