Wednesday, November 28, 2007
Third N.M. Hantavirus Case of the Year Confirmed
SANTA FE The third hantavirus case of the year in New Mexico has been confirmed in a 34-year-old man from McKinley County.
The state Department of Health says the man initially was hospitalized with hantavirus pulmonary syndrome but now is recovering at home.
The agency does not release the names of people with hantavirus.
A 59-year-old Taos County woman died from complications from hantavirus in May.
The often deadly disease is transmitted through the urine, droppings or saliva of infected rodents — especially deer mice. People contract the disease by breathing in the dried particles infected with the virus.
Early symptoms include fever and muscle aches, possibly with chills, headache, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain and cough.
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