(Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome)
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- Living near a forest
- Seeing rodents in your home
- Having rodents present in a work environment
- Wear rubber, latex, vinyl, or nitrile gloves.
- Do not vacuum or sweep the area, since this may cause the virus to get into the air.
- Wet contaminated areas with a bleach solution (such as 1-½ cups bleach in 1 gallon water) or household disinfectant.
- When everything is wet, remove contaminated materials with a damp towel before mopping or sponging the area with the bleach solution or disinfectant.
- Spray dead rodents with disinfectant and double-bag them with all cleaning materials.
- Properly dispose of dead rodents. Contact your health department for disposal methods.
- Disinfect gloves with disinfectant or soap and water before taking them off. Then, thoroughly wash hands with soap and water or a waterless alcohol-based rub (such as hand sanitizer) if soap is not available.
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Centers for Disease Control and Prevention http://www.cdc.gov
Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety http://www.ccohs.ca
Public Health Agency of Canada http://www.phac-aspc.gc.ca
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- Reviewer: David L Horn, MD, FACP
- Review Date: 11/2014 -
- Update Date: 01/13/2014 -
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