The Mesa County Health Department today is reporting a confirmed case of hantavirus in a Mesa County resident. The resident was transported to Denver for treatment over the weekend and is still there receiving care.


This is the fourth hantavirus case reported in Colorado thus far in 2014.

Hantavirus is caused by a virus that is carried primarily by deer mice. The infected rodents excrete the virus in their urine, droppings and saliva. People are infected by inhaling airborne particles of the virus or by direct contact with rodents, their droppings or nests.

Colorado health officials remind residents to try to avoid exposure to hantavirus by taking precautions while cleaning homes, sheds, cabins, barns or other areas where mice or mouse droppings are present. For more infectious disease news and information, visit and “like” the Infectious Disease News Facebook page

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