HANTAVIRUS FOUND IN EAST COUNTY RODENTS

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By Miriam Raftery

February 28, 2018 (San Diego) - County health officials are warning that 16 mice have tested positive for hantavirus, or about  5 percent of all wild mice tested. One meadow vole also tested positive for the disease.  The infected rodents were found in Borrego Springs, Boulevard, Julian, Ramona, San Diego, Santa Ysabel, 4S Ranch and Black Mountain.

County health officials advise the public to avoid contact with any wild rodents, since the virus can cause deadly infections in people and there is no cure for it.

Seal up holes larger than a dime to keep rodents out of your home, garage and sheds.

Never stir up dust or materials contaminated by a rodent infestation. Don’t sweep or vacuum infested areas.

Instead, open doors and windows to air out the area for at least 30 minutes. Wear rubber gloves and use a wet-cleaning method, which means spraying a 10 percent bleach solution and letting the disinfectant stand for another 15 minutes before cleaning up the area with a mop or sponge.

Discard any dead rodents in sealed plastic bags, then wash gloves in bleach and throw them away in double plastic bags as well.  Wash your hands with disinfectant after you’re done cleaning up.