SECOND NM DEATH FROM HANTAVIRUS REPORTED

SECOND NM DEATH FROM HANTAVIRUS REPORTED  Albuquerque dentist

Although there have been five cases of Hantavirus reported in New Mexico this year, we have just received reports of a second fatality from the dreaded disease, with cases reported  in McKinley, San Juan, and Lincoln Counties.

New Mexico had the highest number of Hantavirus cases (101) in  the last quarter century, followed by Colorado (93), Arizona (75), and California (60).  Most states east of the Mississippi have had a handful of cases, or many have had none at all.

The deer mouse is the main carrier of disease in New Mexico, the disease being spread from its saliva, droppings or urine. The virus can be aerosolized from any of these sources and inhaled by nearby humans.

An article in the Albuquerque Journal on the Hantavirus exposure in New Mexico can be read by clicking here.

Please use caution (and masks) when cleaning areas that have been mouse infested.  We care about your health.

Clark Family Dental   87114

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