Deer Mice and the Hantavirus
Hantavirus pulmonary syndrome
Central Oregon, like most rural areas have an abundance of wildlife–including rodents such as the deer mice. Many people don’t know that, though cute the deer mice is a main carrier of the Hantavirus pulmonary syndrome (HPS). This is a life-threatening disease that is spread by:
- Inhaling airborne particles of urine, droppings, and saliva from infected rodents spreads
- Handling infected rodents, their nests, or droppings and then touching the mouth, nose, or eyes.
- Shortness of breath
- Stomach pain