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Hantavirus confirmed in wild mouse; fifth case this year

 

Last updated 12/4/2008 at Noon



SAN DIEGO — County Vector Control confirmed last week that one wild deer mouse trapped during routine monitoring tested positive for Hantavirus. This is the fifth mouse this year that has tested positive for the virus.

Typically, the county confirms between two and eight cases per year. The mouse was found at the Dulin Road open space located at the intersection of State Route 76 and Interstate 15.

Hantavirus is carried by wild rodents, primarily deer mice. It is found in rodent droppings and urine and can be inhaled by humans when it becomes airborne.

The airborne virus can cause a ra...



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