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Hantavirus information

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• Symptoms begin four days to six weeks after exposure. • Illness begins with high fever, severe body aches, a headache and vomiting, and progresses to respiratory distress, including a dry cough and difficulty breathing. • Runny nose, sneezing and sinus congestion are not associated with the virus. Tips to protect against hantavirus• When camping, use tents with floors or cots. Do not sleep on bare ground. • Before cleaning rodent-infested structures, open doors and windows for good ventilation; spray droppings and other signs of rodent activity with a mixture of bleach and water (one cup of bleach per gallon of water). • Use rubber gloves to pick up waste, and double bag the waste in plastic bags. • Dispose of the waste in an outdoor garbage can or landfill. • In cases of severe infestation, use a rubber face mask with a High Efficiency Particulate Air filter. • Follow tips on “rodent-proofing” your home.Information courtesy of Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment.

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