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.

Symptoms develop within one to five weeks and are flu-like, including:

  • Fever
  • Headache
  • Shortness of breath
  • Coughing
  • Vomiting
  • Stomach pain

As hantavirus progresses, respiratory failure may occur. If you may have been exposed to deer mice and become sick, seek medical attention immediately. Be sure to let your health care provider know where you have been and what you were doing.

If you have a rodent infestation or are concerned about the possibility of rodents on your property, feel free to call Spectrum Building & Restoration at 541-385-0752.