Dealing with Mouse damage? (Not the computer kind)

From: Lee Courtney <>
Date: Sat Nov 20 18:56:31 2004

>From Mark Crispin's web page
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"As of March 2000, twenty-one cases of Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome (HPV)
have been reported in Washington State. About 42% of the victims die of HPV.
The carrier is the insidiously cute deer mouse, which has big ears, big
eyes, a white belly, white feet, and a tail with sharply defined white
sides. If you find mouse droppings or mouse nesting material, resist the
urge to sweep it up! You'll kick up tiny particles of mouse urine,
droppings, and saliva into the air, a process known as aerosolization, and
you'll breath it in. If Hantavirus is in those particles, you've set
yourself up to get HPV. Instead, wear a mask and rubber gloves, and
carefully wet down the area with a disinfectant that kills virus (such as
bleach). Take up the contaminated materials with a damp towel, then mop the
area with disinfectant."

Lee Courtney

> -----Original Message-----
> From:
> []On Behalf Of Dave Dunfield
> Sent: Saturday, November 20, 2004 2:00 PM
> To:
> Subject: Daling with Mouse damage? (Not the computer kind)
> Just took in a Superbrain-QD which was "stored" uncovered in a garage for
> the past 10 (or more) years ...
> It's got serious mouse damage - underneath and all around the monitor was
> stuffed with insulation, wood chips and bits - obviously a large nest.
> More seriously, both the main PCB and the power supply PCB are *COVERED*
> in mouse droppings, and *SOAKED* in mouse urine (mostly dried up now, but
> the damage has been done). Lots of corrosion and such, but it looks
> repairable....
> But both boards are covered in a layer of dried urine, sprinkled
> with generous
> gobs of urine soaked manure (about the consistancy of fairly dry
> tar), which is
> "glued" to the board.
> This is the worst case of mouse damage I have seen ... I would very much
> appreciate any tips that can be offered on how best to clean the boards
> without damaging them... ???
> Regards,
> Dave
> --
> dave04a (at) Dave Dunfield
> dunfield (dot) Firmware development services & tools:
> com Vintage computing equipment collector.
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