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Hantavirus
Hantavirus pulmonary syndrome (HPS) is a rare but serious disease that occurs throughout the U.S. and is caused by a virus that individuals get through contact infected rodents urine, droppings, or saliva. In the U.S., deer mice are the reservoir of the HPS. The virus is mainly transmitted to people when they breathe in air contaminated with the virus. Rodent infestation in and around the home remains the primary risk for hantavirus exposure.

Preventing HPS
  • Eliminate or minimize contact with rodents in your home, workplace, or campsite.
  • Seal up holes and gaps in your home or garage.
  • Place traps in and around your home to decrease rodent infestation.
  • Clean up any easy-to-get food.

Additional Resource
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: HPS Fact Sheet