The disease is not contagious and does not spread from human to human.
Incubation Period - Varies, ranges from 1 to 6 weeks.
First symptoms include:
- Muscle pain
- Severe abdominal, joint and lower back pain
- Nausea and vomiting.
- A cough and shortness of breath usually develops 1 to 5 days after the onset of symptoms.
- Difficulty in breathing due to fluid build-up in the lungs. This can quickly progress to respiratory failure.
- Control the presence of rodents in and around the home by sealing up rodent entry holes or gaps; trapping mice and rats.
- Be careful not to create food sources for the rodents, i.e. putting away pet food.
- Do not sweep or vacuum when cleaning vacated sheds, cabins or other enclosed areas, this can stir up dust. Use gloves to wet contaminated areas with a bleach solution or household disinfectant. Once wet, the area can be mopped or sponged.
- Contaminated gloves should be disinfected before taking them off. Wash hands with soap & warm water.
For more information on Hantavirus and other animal-borne diseases, visit our website at www.jeffco.us/health.