Hantavirus in Upper End of Roaring Fork Valley
Local health officials are advising residents and visitors alike to take precautions against coming in contact with rodents or areas infested by rodents.
In the United States, deer mice, cotton rats, rice rats in the
southeastern states and the white-footed mouse in the northeast are the
rodents that can be infected with a type of Hantavirus that causes HPS,
Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome, a serious respiratory disease.
These rodents spread the virus through their urine, droppings and
saliva. The virus is mainly transmitted to people when they breathe in
air contaminated with the virus. This happens when fresh rodent urine,
droppings or nesting materials are stirred up.