The Coconino County Public Health Services District (CCPHSD) has confirmed this year’s first case of Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome (HPS) coming from a traveler to the county from outside the state.
According to the CCPHSD, the current HPS case is the county’s sixth since 2007. The infected individual had traveled to several areas in northern Arizona and it is unknown where the individual contracted the virus.
HPS is transmitted through contact with or breathing infected urine, droppings or salvia of wild mice, mostly deer mice. Fever, headache, muscle aches and quick progression to difficulty breathing are among the symptoms of HPS. The CCPHSD is asking anyone with these symptoms to see their doctor immediately and tell the physician about their exposure to rodents.
CCPHSD public health officials offer the following cleaning recommendations to any areas with rodent activity:
For a complete list of recommendations and tips list cdc.gov/hantavirus/hps or call 928-679-8750.