Two people died in Utah recently from the deadly Hantavirus, a disease commonly spread by mice. Two deaths so early in the warm season caused Utah officials to be quick to warn residents to keep a close watchful eye out for rodent pests – especially deer mice in North America.
Hantavirus is a pulmonary syndrome, and it’s an extremely dangerous disease to contract. It is spread by mice and rodents and can easily contaminate an area very quickly. Many people do not realize that mice can spread such a deadly disease. They think a mouser cat or a few mouse traps can prevent the problem, but for a real rodent infestation, professional care may be needed.
Why does this matter to us in the St. Louis area? Because a few rare cases of Hantavirus have been reported in Illinois as recently as May 16, 2012. It is only the third known case of the disease in the state since 1996, and to date there have been no reported cases in Missouri, but if you ask us, that’s a little too close for comfort. Residents of St. Louis and surrounding areas are cautioned to watch for these unwanted pests. The patient in 1996 did die from the Hantavirus. Of the 587 reported cases of Hantavirus in the U.S. 36% of them were fatal according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Anyone who wants to protect themselves from the pulmonary syndrome should take every precaution. There are a few things you can do to prevent contracting the Hantavirus disease. People get sick through direct contact or inhaling the dust that is contaminated by the infected animals. If you suspect a mouse infestation, avoid contact with the animals and the infested area. Keep your lawn mowed, and keep the area around your home free of debris and garbage that attracts rodents. Make sure to put a tight lid on those refuse cans. Keep your wood piles raised at least a foot off the ground and don’t leave pet food out as a source of food for these rodents.
Summer is peak season for Hantavirus, and rural areas are more prone to exposure, however, suburban and urban homes should minimize risk as well. Dry spells after periods of heavy rains increase your chances of exposure to the disease.
If you suspect a mouse infestation or rat infestation in or around your home, don’t hesitate to call the rodent pest control professionals at Bugs by Brian. Protect your family and pets from this deadly disease. Call us at 636-394-0101 or e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we’d be happy to provide consultation for your home and give an estimate for rodent elimination.