January 13, 2010 (San Diego) -- County Vector Control officials confirmed today that five wild mice trapped during routine monitoring tested positive for Hantavirus.
“As the weather cools, rodents will begin to seek shelter indoors. It is important to keep mice out of houses, garages and sheds to prevent infection.” said Jack Miller, Director of the County Department of Environmental Health. “People contract Hantavirus by inhaling the virus, often when they are cleaning up rodent droppings and nesting materials. Wet cleaning methods should be used to prevent inhaling the virus.”