How and where does one contract hantavirus?
According to the Centers for Disease Control, cases of hantavirus occur sporadically, usually in rural areas where forest, fields, and farms offer suitable habitat for the virus’s rodent hosts. Structures around homes (for example: barns, outbuildings, and sheds) are potential sites where people may be exposed to the virus. In the United States, deer mice (along with cotton rats and rice rats in the southeastern states and the white-footed mouse in the Northeast) carry the virus. The rodents shed the virus in their urine, droppings, and saliva. The virus is mainly transmitted to people when they breathe in air contaminated with the virus. Participating in activities that can stir up dust in areas where rodents have been active will increase your risk of contracting hantavirus pulmonary syndrome.

Anyone who comes into contact with rodents that carry hantavirus is at risk of hantavirus. Rodent infestation in and around the home remains the primary risk for hantavirus exposure.

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6. How and where does one contract hantavirus?
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