Can You Contract Hantavirus from Cleaning Mouse Droppings?

Can You Contract Hantavirus from Cleaning Mouse Droppings?

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According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, the cases of human infection happen sporadically and often occur in rural areas like forests, fields, and farms that offer a suitable environment for the virus’ rodent host. Areas around workplaces and homes where rodents may live are potential places where people may be exposed to the virus. In countries such as the U.S. and Canada, the Sin Nombre hantavirus is responsible for the majority of cases recorded where infection occurred that is why it is important to call professional mice exterminator Toronto to deal with mice infestation.  The host of the Sin Nombre hantavirus is the deer mouse and is present throughout the central and western parts of Canada and the U.S.

There are several other hantaviruses that are capable of causing hantavirus infections in the U.S. namely the New York hantavirus carried by the white-footed mouse which is associated with HPS cases throughout the north and southeast of the United States. In the United States, deer mice along with cotton rats and rice rats in the south-eastern states and for the north-eastern states the white-footed mouse in prominently the carrier of the hantavirus. The rodents deposit the virus in their urine, droppings, and salvia through which it can be transmitted through inhalation in air contaminated by the virus. When fresh rodent urine, droppings, or nesting materials are pushed up by an external force this is known as airborne transmission.

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There are various ways a hantavirus might spread to other people and these are when a rodent with the virus bites someone. Although this is a very rare occurrence. Scientists suspect that people might get infected by the virus if they touch and object or substance that has been in contact with rodent urine, droppings, or salvia. To make matters even worse is that scientists also suspect that people can become sick when eating food contaminated by urine, droppings, or salvia by an infected rodent.

If you smell, see mouse droppings, or even see a live mouse do not hesitate and call our reputable pest control Toronto company immediately to have the mouse problem resolved as soon as possible. One of our technicians will visit and perform an exterior inspection and then place exterior bait stations which will then cause the mice to eventually perish. The technicians will make suggestions as to where mice can breach in order to have them then sealed up.

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