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Monday, September 2, 2013

Canada : Hantavirus Reported In Rural Alberta, Health Officials Advise On Precautions

Via The Global Dispatch, excerpt :

The Alberta Health Services is advising area residents of a rural community in central Alberta, and all Albertans, to take simple precautions to protect themselves after health officials reported a case of Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome (HPS) from the area.

“Because humans can be exposed to Hantavirus when the urine or feces of an infected rodent – such as a mouse – become airborne, anyone who disturbs areas of mice or mice droppings can be at risk,” says Dr. Ifeoma Achebe, Medical Officer of Health – Central Zone. “It is essential that Albertans take precautions to protect themselves, and greatly reduce their risk of illness."

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