State health officials say a 26-year-old Alamosa County man has become the second person this year to contract hantavirus. The unidentified man is now hospitalized in stable condition in New Mexico.
Officials say the man first became ill May 23rd. He tested positive for the disease on Tuesday. He's the 31st Coloradoan to contract hantavirus since it was first discovered in 1993.
A 22-year-old Adams County man died from the disease January 11th. His name was not released.
Hantavirus is transmitted when people inhale mist or dust from contaminated deer mouse feces, urine or saliva. Victims usually experience flu-like symptoms and can require hospitalization and ventilation within 24 hours. Thirty percent of infected people die.