Many of you might be asking already, what the heck is hantavirus is? Well, HPS is a disease that is a severe, sometimes fatal, respiratory disease that is caused when humans come into contacts with rodents. These rodents carry hantaviruses. Anyone who comes into contact with a rodents that carry hantaviruses have a risk of getting this deadly disease. When did Hantavirus First Become Known?:Hantavirus was first discovered in 1993 in areas in the southwest United States and found to be transferred by rodent urine, feces, saliva, and by air-born particles containing these items. The latest hantavirus outbreak at Yosemite National Park was because hantavirus’s transfer to humans by mice. Human-to-human exchange of the hantavirus in America has not yet been documented, therefore (in America) the disease is not contagious.Cases of Hantavirus in the U.S.:In just March of 2018, there was a boy named Fernando who got this deadly disease from exposure to rodents and also rodent urine and feces. Fernando reported sharp stomach pains, and a fever. There is a special machine called a ECMO which circulates oxygen through the blood, and that is the machine that is keeping Fernando alive. Fernando has since been transported to Aoura hospital and has no current status on his condition.In April of 2018 another severe case of hantavirus was reported. A women named Kylee Lane had been given’ the diagnosis the ever so deadly hantavirus. Lane was a mother of one and each time she’d go to visit her daughter, her symptoms were worse and worse. By the time of one of her lasts visits she could barely walk to see her daughter. Currently she is also on a ECMO machine in very critical condition.Statistics of Hantavirus:One of the first cases of Hantavirus was recorded in 2015. In 2017 the total number of cases in the United States were 728, 36% of these cases have been reported deadly. Therefore, this makes hantavirus the third deadliest disease in the most recent years.What Are Ways to Prevent This Deadly Disease:
I would start by closing any possible opening that a rodent could get in wheter it be boarding up a hole you find or setting a trap. Food storage is also a huge key, such as putting food, water, and garbage in containers with a tightly fitted lid. Another way to prevent rodents is to keep your lawn clean. One of the final ways is to store large wood piles far away from your home. If you absolutley have to come into contact with rodents always wear rubber gloves, never sweep or vacuum rodent feces as it will fill the air with particles that could get in to your lungs. Treatment of Hantavirus:As of right now, there is no treatment, vaccine, or cure for this disease. Although, we do know that patients are recognized early, taken to an intensive care unit, they may get better and they may not, it is kind of left in the hands of God at that point. Symptoms of the Hantavirus:Symptoms in the early stages of the disease include: fever and chills, muscle aches and headaches, vomitting, diarreha, or abdominal pain. In the first two weeks you may not know that you have hantavirus, to most people that have had it it felt like the common flu. The late stages however are much more severe, they include: a cough that produces secreations, shortness of breath, fluid gathering in the lungs, low blood pressure or reduced heart efficeincy.Cases In Nebraska:There was a 40 year old man who reportedly got this disease from cleaning out a grain bin and a grain truck. This was the first case reported in Nebraska. Nebraska was the only state west of the Missouri river that had not had one single case of the hantavirus, but that obviously came to an ubrupt end. I was not able to find any more info about this man that had the disease. But, my mom did tell me about a case that she knew about that occured in Morrill Nebraska. He came into contact with rodents somehow at the diesel shop at the Union Pacific Railroad and later passed away from this disease.
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