Hantavirus ruled out in Southwest Virginia Deaths

When two people died of an unexplained illness last week, there was concern over a Hantavirus outbreak. At the end of the day though, as the Virginia Department of Health announced yesterday, the mother and daughter who passed away had a combination of Influenza B and Streptococcus A viruses.

This combination of co-infection is a rare case, according to the VDH, and they say there is no public threat. There is no official cause of death and it is not expected until early next week.

The incident was said to be isolated. Four others were hospitalized and there was a brief scare the mystery illness was spreading through Pulaski County Public Schools.

Largely, Hantavirus is transmitted through rodent feces or urine. Humans can contract the virus through contact with rodent waste. The two people who died were said to have been recently cleaning out a mobile home site. Hantavirus is capable of leading to Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome, which exhibits flu-like systems.



This guy might be carrying a deadly disease


While the incident proved not to be a Hantavirus case, it could have been. Without proper precautions, Hantavirus can be contracted in just about any home or workplace. You need to ensure rodents do not have a place to hide. Place traps, conduct a seal proof survey of your exterior, and clean up food left out.

For more tips, visit the Center for Disease Control’s website.


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