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Campo mouse tests positive for hantavirus


Last updated 12/6/2012 at Noon

SAN DIEGO - A mouse trapped in Campo by the San Diego County Department of Environmental Health has tested positive for hantavirus, an illness that is not easily transmitted but can be fatal.

The disease is often found in rodents in San Diego's backcountry, but they rarely pose a threat to humans when they're in the wild, according to the DEH.

At home, people should be careful when cleaning up rodent debris and droppings.

An infection could cause Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome, which starts out like the flu but can escalate to severe breathing difficulties and, in 36 percent of case, caus...

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