Rodent tests positive for hantavirus in Rancho Santa Fe

A mouse trapped during routine monitoring in Rancho Santa Fe and another rodent in Rancho Bernardo tested positive for hantavirus, the San Diego County Department of Environmental Health announced Wednesday.

“It is important to keep mice out of houses, garages and sheds to prevent infection,” said Gary Erbeck, director of the DEH.

“People contract hantavirus by inhaling it, often when they are cleaning up rodent droppings and nesting materials,” he said. “Use wet cleaning methods to prevent inhaling the virus.”

Vector Control officials will conduct more testing in the area to determine the extent of the virus, according to the DEH.

Hantavirus is carried by wild rodents, primarily deer mice. The virus is found in rodent droppings and urine and can be inhaled by humans when it becomes airborne.

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