Question: Is HPS contagious?

There is no evidence that HPS is not contagious from person to person contact in the US. The virus spreads from rodents to humans.

Can hantavirus be transmitted from person to person?

The hantaviruses that cause human illness in the United States cannot be transmitted from one person to another. For example, you cannot get these viruses from touching or kissing a person who has HPS or from a health care worker who has treated someone with the disease.

Do HPS get viruses?

What causes hantavirus pulmonary syndrome (HPS)? Hantavirus is caused by a group of viruses called hantaviruses. Wild rodents such as mice and rats carry these viruses. In most cases, people get HPS after inhaling particles of mouse droppings infected with these viruses.

Is HPS airborne?

For a hantavirus to cause HPS, the virus must travel from the rodents that carry it to a person. A common way this happens is when a person breathes in the hantavirus from the air.

Can mouse pee and poop make you sick?

Hantavirus is carried by rodents, particularly deer mice. The virus is found in their urine and feces, but it does not make the animal sick. It is believed that humans can get sick with this virus if they breathe in contaminated dust from mice nests or droppings.

What happens if you get HPS?

Symptoms of HPS include abrupt onset of fever, chills, weakness, nausea, vomiting, and abdominal pain followed by difficulty breathing. HPS can be fatal if not diagnosed and treated quickly. Theres no vaccine to protect against HPS. Treatment focuses on helping you breathe and reducing your symptoms.

How do I clean my house after a mouse?

Spray any urine, droppings, and nesting materials with either a bleach and water solution (1 parts bleach to 9 parts water) or a household disinfectant prepared according to the label instructions for dilution and disinfection time. Soak well. This will inactivate any virus.

Is HPS fatal?

Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome (HPS) is a severe, sometimes fatal, respiratory disease in humans caused by infection with hantaviruses. Anyone who comes into contact with rodents that carry hantaviruses is at risk of HPS.

How long does HPS last?

The virus is inhaled into the lungs. Immune cells ingest the virus, which is then transported through the bloodstream to other organs. This phase lasts 2 to 3 weeks, but there are no symptoms, yet.

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