Dealing with Mouse damage? (Not the computer kind)

From: Vintage Computer Festival <>
Date: Sat Nov 20 12:06:04 2004

On Sat, 20 Nov 2004, Lee Courtney wrote:

> >From Mark Crispin's web page
> ( -
> "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."

It should also be noted that Hantavirus is most prominent in the
southwestern states of the US. I'm surprised to find any cases at all in
Washington state.

Here's some data for California:

A total of 13 (8 fatal) California residents have been diagnosed with HPS
dating back to 1980. Since January 1, 1994, 8 (3 fatal) cases have been
documented. Two new HPS cases were identified during September [1995]...

Old data (circa 1995) but I'm sure you get the idea of the rarity of
Hantavirus in California, for example.

The conclusion is that, yes, you should always be careful, but Hantavirus
is not ubiquitous, and you shouldn't panic if you accidentally come in
contact with rodent poop.

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