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Health Department cautions Vermonters about Hantavirus

Health Department cautions Vermonters about Hantavirus
News from The Eagle:

— The Health Department is reminding Vermonters to use caution when cleaning up rodent infested areas after an out-of-state resident recently contracted Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome while visiting Vermont.

The person who became ill was most likely exposed to rodent droppings while cleaning up a seasonal home in August and has since recovered from the disease.

Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome is a serious respiratory disease caused by an infection with a type of hantavirus. Symptoms include fatigue, fever, headaches, muscle aches, dizziness and chills followed by coughing and shortness of breath. Approximately one-third of people who have Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome die from the disease.

Most hantavirus infections occur in the western part of the U.S., but sporadic cases have been reported in the northeast. The Health Department recorded one other hantavirus case in 2000.

Most people are infected by breathing in dust contaminated with rodent droppings, urine, saliva or nesting materials. Sweeping or vacuuming stirs up contaminated dust and can put people at risk for hantavirus. Rodent…………… continues on The Eagle

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News from Brattleboro Reformer:

Hunters: check website for antlerless deer permits

MONTPELIER (AP) — Deer hunters who applied for a muzzleloader season antlerless deer permit can now go to the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department website to see if they will be receiving a permit in the mail.

The department announced the winners Monday after a random drawing.

A total of 17,050 December permits have been authorized for use in 13 of Vermont’s 20 Wildlife Management Units.

The permits will be mailed to recipients in November.

State deer biologist Adam Murkowski says knowing if they’ve received a permit will help people plan their hunts.

1 infected with mouse virus in Vermont

MONTPELIER (AP) — The Vermont Department of Health is warning residents to be cautious when cleaning up rodent-infested areas after someone came down with a potentially deadly virus carried by deer mice.

The person who became sick with hantavirus pulmonary syndrome was likely exposed to rodent droppings while cleaning up a summer home in August and has since recovered.

The Health Department said Tuesday that most infections happen in the western United State but the Northeast has had sporadic cases, including one in Vermont in 2000.

Most people contract the disease by breathing in dust contaminated with rodent d…………… continues on Brattleboro Reformer

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