Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Hantavirus Transmission

Hantavirus is spread by coming in contact with the urine, stool or saliva of infected rodents.

Rodents that carry Hantavirus include:

  • Deer mouse
  • Cotton rat is the main carrier for the virus causing this illness.
  • Pinon mice
  • Brush mice
  • Western chipmunks

Last Updated: Dec 14, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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