Cleaning Out A Shed? – Be Aware of Hantavirus
Field mice have been known to carry a nasty disease called Hantavirus. The infection rate is pretty low, but Montana has one of the higher incident reports in the nation, and springtime can lead to more exposure as people clean out cabins and sheds from the winter months. If the mice have set up housekeeping in that building, the hantavirus can be in droppings or urine. When the material is stirred up, the virus can spread in the dust into your lungs. Fatigue, fever and muscle aches lead to coughing and severe respiratory distress.
How do you avoid possible sickness? Here are three tips from the Montana Department of Health and Human Services: