New Hantavirus Cases Trigger Precaution Reminder

Two recent cases of hantavirus pulmonary syndrome were confirmed in residents of the Texas Panhandle and South Plains, bringing the year’s total to three.

Hantavirus is carried by certain species of rats and mice and can be transmitted to people when contaminated nesting materials or dust are stirred up, allowing the virus to be breathed in by humans.

The disease is severe and sometimes fatal, prompting DSHS to remind people to protect themselves from the virus that causes HPS.

More information about precautions and symptoms may be found in the News Release.

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Last updated July 8, 2014