By Gig Conaughton
County of San Diego Communications Office 

Deer mouse tests positive for hantavirus


Last updated 8/13/2019 at 1:23am

A deer mouse trapped during routine monitoring in Warner Springs has tested positive for the potentially deadly hantavirus, leading county officials to remind people they should never sweep up or vacuum up after rodents if they find them in homes, garages, sheds and cabins.

Hantavirus is not uncommon in San Diego County. However, people are not likely to be exposed to it so long as they keep wild rodents out of their living spaces and structures.

Wild rodents generally live away from people, but if people do find them in homes or garages or sheds, and if they must clean up after them, they...

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