Rodents & Hantavirus
Posted on 05/15/2019

Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome (HPS) is a rare, but often fatal disease. Exposure to this virus happens when rodent urine and droppings that may contain the virus are stirred up into the air.

As you start to begin your spring cleaning, please keep in mind that people can also become infected when they touch mouse or rat urine, droppings, or nesting materials that contain the virus and then touch their eyes, nose, or mouth. It is important to use safety precautions when
cleaning to protect yourself by wearing gloves and a mask.

For information about Rodents and Hantavirus and how to safely clean up droppings, go to cdc.gov/hantavirus.