cdc hantavirus fact sheet

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  • Feb 15, 2020

CDC - Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome (HPS) - Hantavirus
CDC – Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome (HPS) – Hantavirus

Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome (HPS) is, sometimes fatal, severe respiratory disease in humans caused by infection with hantaviruses.

Anyone who comes into contact with rodents that carry hantaviruses risk of HPS. rodent infestation in and around the home remains the main risk for hantavirus exposure. Even healthy people at risk of infection if exposed to the virus HPS.

To date, no cases of HPS have been reported in the United States where the virus is transmitted from one person to another. In fact, in a study of health care workers were exposed to either the patient or specimen infected with hantaviruses related types (which cause different diseases in humans), no workers showed evidence of infection or disease.

In Chile and Argentina, rare cases of person to person transmission has occurred among close contacts of the sick person with this type of hantavirus called Andes virus.

in May 1993, an outbreak of lung disease described occurred in the southwestern United States, in an area shared by Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado and Utah known as “The Four Corners”. A young, physically fit Navajo men suffer from shortness of breath was rushed to a hospital in New Mexico and died very quickly.

HPS severe. Image courtesy of D. Loren Ketai, M.D.

is the type of hantavirus found in rodents in South America. People can become ill with Andes virus if they come in contact with infected rodents or their droppings while in South America.

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