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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