N.M. reports death of hantavirus patient

11/1/2013 | News & Observer (Raleigh, N.C.), The

A 73-year-old Santa Fe, N.M., woman died from hantavirus infection, according to state health officials, marking the state's second case of the year. Infected rodents transmit the virus via aerosolized urine, feces or saliva. Symptoms in humans include nausea, chills and muscle aches, abdominal pain and ultimately respiratory distress. Public health veterinarian Paul Ettestad recommends sealing homes prior to the onset of cold weather to prevent mice from entering.

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