Hantavirus Hits Colorado

By: Katherine Cook
By: Katherine Cook

A word of caution before you start that spring cleaning as the year's first Colorado case of hantavirus has been reported.
The State Health Department says a Huerfano County man became ill in late April. He remains in the hospital and is expected to recover. Hantavirus is a serious respiratory disease. It's spread through deer mouse droppings. Experts say before you start cleaning out your cabin or shed this spring open the doors and windows for at least 30 minutes to let fresh air in. If you do find mouse droppings wet them down with a mixture of bleach and water before you start cleaning. The virus is only spread through deer mice droppings. Deer mice are brown on top and white underneath. They also have large ears.

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