Hantavirus Case Confirmed in Cache County

Hantavirus Case Confirmed in Cache County

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LOGAN, Utah (AP) -- A hantavirus case has been confirmed in Cache County by the Utah Department of Health.

The case is the second reported in Utah this year, said Gerrie Dowdle, manager of infectious disease control for the Utah Department of Health.

Bear River Health Director Dr. John C. Bailey said the victim -- whose name and hometown were not released -- has recovered and returned to work after being discharged from a hospital on May 22.

Bailey said it is not known where or how the man contracted the disease.

Hantavirus is a severe respiratory infection transmitted to humans through a virus found in the feces, urine or saliva of deer mice. People may become ill if they inhale virus particles that become airborne.

The Cache County case is the 24th reported in Utah, Dowdle said. Seven Utah residents have died from the disease. Last year, there were four hantavirus cases in the state, including one fatality in Iron County.

(Copyright 2003 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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