California park rangers said on Friday that up to 10,000 people who stayed in the Yosemite National Park may have been exposed to the hantavirus or Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome (HPS). This disease has no known cure.
What is Hantavirus? Can I get it Hantavirus on Long Island?
While humans can’t transfer this disease to other humans, they can come into contact with it from rodent nests and droppings. Mice and rats can spread this disease through their droppings, urine, or even saliva. These substances can be found, generally, in homes and sheds.
The Center for Disease Control can give you additional information on Hantavirus. Visit: http://www.cdc.gov/hantavirus/
What about the Montauk Case?
A man named David Hartstein, 35, from Montauk, Long Island, inhaled the disease while vacuuming his basement. He was a healthy, young man, admitted to the hospital a month after cleaning and died within a few days. The symptoms began with minor pains. However, after a week, he had a fever and more prevalent pain in his muscles and hands. His death was declared an isolated case, but Long Islanders are encouraged to take caution.
How can Suburban Exterminating help?
Suburban Exterminating is trained to safely remove all traces of pests – including mice, rats and their droppings. Call (516) or (631) 864-6900 today to ensure your safety.