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Protect your family, pets, and livestock from rodents and rodenticides

Millions have seen the social media video “RAT on the New York subway!”, but did you know that the CDC website states that “rats and mice spread over 35 diseases”?  The AVMA has developed a resource to help you protect your family, pets, and livestock from rodents and rodenticides.

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How to prevent hantavirus

You may remember that hantavirus was in the news last year when an outbreak occurred at Yosemite National Park. Rodents can carry the virus, which can spread through their urine, saliva, blood, or droppings. The virus is transmitted when people breathe in air contaminated with it, usually in enclosed spaces like tents and sheds. While the disease is rare, it’s a good idea to practice prevention — and, as this article says, the best way to prevent the virus is to eliminate or control rodents around where you live or work. As usual when it comes to diseases, washing your hands (as well as using common sense) goes a long way toward preventing infections.

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Officials study Yosemite workers for clues about hantavirus outbreak

Back in August, we posted about how to prevent a hantavirus infection. Now, in an update on the outbreak at Yosemite National Park, representatives from the California Department of Public Health say workers there will be studied as public health officials look for answers about the outbreak. Three park visitors died and nine became sick in an outbreak this past summer. The study will try to figure out why park visitors became sick but workers were unaffected.

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One Health Headlines: Friday, September 14, 2012

In this week’s One Health roundup: An overview of some of the more prominent animal-to-human disease transmissions in 2012; a look at how increased collaboration between veterinarians and physicians is benefiting human and animal health; the latest news from the rodent-borne hantavirus outbreak at Yosemite National Park, and much more.

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How can you prevent a hantavirus infection?

Hantavirus has been in the news lately due to the deaths of two people from the disease at Yosemite National Park. Now park officials say 1,700 visitors could be at risk of infection; the visitors, who stayed in the “Signature Tent Cabins” this summer, have received letters and emails informing them that they could have been exposed to hantavirus.

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