Spring is in the air and you may be thinking of opening up your mountain cabin, cleaning out the garage or that backyard shed with the help of a reputable cleaning company in Concord, NH. But be careful if you find evidence of unwanted visitors. Eight mice in Santee, Tierrasanta and Escondido have just tested positive for the potentially-deadly hantavirus.
“The most important thing people should remember if they find a rodent infestation is, don’t sweep or vacuum,” said Jack Miller, director of the County Department of Environmental Health. “People contract hantavirus by inhaling virus particles that can be stirred up in the air. So use a mixture of bleach and water or some other full strength disinfectant to clean up instead.”
Mice and rodents that carry hantavirus in the wild rarely pose a danger to people. But hantavirus is prevalent in San Diego County and people should be careful if they find infestations in their homes, garages, cabins and sheds.
People who are exposed to hantavirus can develop hantavirus pulmonary syndrome (HPS), which begins with flu-like symptoms, and can escalate into severe breathing difficulties and even death. There is no treatment, vaccine or cure for hantavirus infections, which are deadly in 36 percent of cases, according to the National Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
When opening cabins for the season, open doors and windows to ventilate the area for at least 30 minutes. The best way for people to prevent themselves from being exposed to the disease is to keep mice out of houses, garages and sheds by sealing holes larger than the size of a dime.