Safe Cleaning Stops Hantavirus

Safe Cleaning Stops Hantavirus

The Wyoming Department of Health has issued a warning to ambitious spring cleaners to be savvy about preventing Hantavirus.

The most common way people come into contact with the disease is through exposure to rodents' excrement. Registered Nurse at the Public Health Clinic, Toby Granger, says Hauntavirus lives where mice live.

While infected mice are rare, there are some in the state. Granger explains the safest way to clean if you come across a varmint mess in your cabin, camper, garage, or even your house.

The method he describes essentially kills the virus before it can be stirred up into the air or get onto the person doing the cleaning. The Wyoming Department of health says there have been 11 confirmed cases of Hauntavirus in people in the state since 1999. None of them were in Sheridan County, but carrier mice could still be present.

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