Millard County Man Hospitalized with Hantavirus

Millard County Man Hospitalized with Hantavirus

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(Salt Lake City-AP) -- Central Utah health officials are looking for the source of a Hantavirus infection that put a Millard County man in a Provo hospital.

The 40-year-old patient's name has not been released. He's in serious but stable condition in an I-C-U.

Hantavirus is transmitted when people inhale mist or dust from contaminated deer mouse feces, urine or saliva. Victims usually experience flu-like symptoms and can require hospitalization and ventilation within 24 hours.

The disease was once thought to be most prevalent in the Four Corners area. But deadly cases have been reported throughout North America.

Residents are warned to wear latex or rubber gloves and wet down affected areas with household disinfectant when working in areas that might have had rodents.

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

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