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Forum Name: Viral Infections

Question: hantavirus


 blitz - Sun Jul 29, 2007 6:55 pm

I work outdoors and i walked past a mouse that had been squashed by a truck i was wondering if you can get hanta virus from a dead mouse like this?
 Debbie Miller, RN - Sun Jul 29, 2007 8:47 pm

User avatar This would not be likely. Generally hantavirus is contracted by breathing the virus found in feces of infected rodents such as might occur when cleaning a dusty area where it becomes airborne. But just walking past a dead mouse outside should not put you at risk.

If you are having concerning symptoms such as respiratory difficulty, you should be checked by a doctor.

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