Two cases of hantavirus reported in King County since December, 2016: Be aware of health risks associated with deer mouse infestations
By Public Health Insider
Public Health – Seattle & King County
Hantavirus can cause a rare but deadly disease called Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome (HPS).
In Washington State hantavirus is carried primarily by deer mice.
Over the last several months, two people in King County have become ill with HPS, and one person died.
A person gets HPS by breathing in hantavirus. This can happen when dust from dried rodent urine, saliva, and droppings that contain hantavirus are stirred up in the air. [Read more…] about Two Hantavirus cases reported in King County, one death