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Not all mice are as sweet and innocent as Mickey or Jerry. Meet one who is carrying a hantavirus, and you’ll soon realise that these cute little rodents can be as lethal as a tiger.
The virus is named after the Hantan River in Korea. Hemorrhagic fever with renal syndrome (HFRS) was first encountered by Western medicine during the Korean War in the early 1950s.
A new hantavirus-related disease called hantavirus pulmonary syndrome (HPS) was recognized in New Mexico in 1993, caused by the Sin Nombre virus.
How it spreads
Hantaviruses are transmitted through aerosols of rodents' excreta, saliva and urine. Direct contact with rodents isn’t needed for transmission, and infection normally occurs through the inhalation of dust or dried particles that carry dried saliva or waste products from an infected rodent.
What it does
The symptoms of HFRS can occur between one and six weeks after exposure. The disease starts with flu-like symptoms along with facial flushing. Around day four, a sudden and extreme albuminuria may occur, together with ecchymosis, scleral injection and bloodshot eyes.
Other symptoms include hypotension, shock, respiratory distress and/or failure, and renal impairment and/or failure.
HPS affects the lungs rather than the kidneys and is much more dangerous than HFRS. Most patients who develop HPS die within a few days of infection.
HFRS can be treated with ribavirin, injected intravenously, to shorten the illness and reduce the risk of death. HPS, on the other hand, has no effective treatment as yet.
originally posted by: XTexan
Just stop in to say...
I don't think I'll be using mouse traps like that anymore.
I mean, I'm your typical "big tough guy" and all that but I have a big soft spot for animals. He suffered, horribly... and that made me feel disgusted watching that. Soul or no soul, idk, but regardless of what he was up to he didn't deserve to go out like that. There's humane traps out there to allow you to capture animals so you can release them in a field or somewhere away from your home, I'll be doing that from here on out...