Ortho Hantavirus, commonly referred to as Hantavirus, is a virus that is spread by rodents and transmitted through contaminated food and water. Hantavirus can lead to a number of other, more serious illnesses if neglected and left untreated. The main source of Hantavirus is rodent droppings. Rodent droppings are no match for our cleanup team at Spaulding Decon of Galveston, Texas. We fully decontaminate the area, even removing any furniture or property that may pose safety risks. Prior to this, a knowledge of the diseases that these rodents carry will help you assess the situation.
What Animals Carry Hantavirus?
In the United States, there are four rodents who commonly carry hantavirus. They are the cotton rat, the deer mouse, the rice rat, and the white-footed mouse. While these are the most common hantavirus-carrying rodents, you should be aware of any rodents in your home. There are other diseases that are transmitted by other rodents that should be treated with the same biohazard precautions.
Early Symptoms of Hantavirus
The first symptoms of hantavirus include fever, fatigue, muscle soreness, nausea, chills, diarrhea, and aches around the hips and thighs. If you have spotted rodents in your home and experience any of these early symptoms, seek medical attention as soon as possible. In addition to this, seek the help of Spaulding Decon of Galveston, Texas for further assistance in decontaminating the area.
Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome
Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome, or HPS, is a respiratory illness that is caused by hantavirus infection. HPS can only be transmitted through rodent contamination, and is not contagious from one human to another. Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome will have many of the same early symptoms as hantavirus, but after the initial symptoms have passed this disease is much more serious. Survivors report a feeling of tightness in the chest and a feeling of fluid in the chest and throat. There is a 38% mortality rate amongst people who are infected with Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome.
How to Prevent a Hantavirus Outbreak
The best way to prevent a hantavirus outbreak is to prevent a rodent infestation altogether. By simply sealing up holes in your home and periodically placing traps around crawl spaces, you can prevent rodents from even coming close to contaminating your food or water. However, if you already have a rodent infestation and are concerned about a potential outbreak, contact Spaulding Decon of Galveston. Our professional cleanup team will thoroughly decontaminate your property, and we will have it tested by a third-party company to ensure that your family is not at risk for hantavirus.
Spaulding Decon of Galveston, Texas
Spaulding Decon was founded in 2005 with a strong dedication to health and safety. Since our founding, we have expanded to numerous locations around the United States and have established ourselves as biohazard remediation experts. We provide services all over Galveston and surrounding areas including rodent dropping cleanup, hoarder and drug lab cleanup, mold removal, and more. For more information, call our 24-hour call center at (713) 300-9960, or visit our website at spauldingdec.wpengine.com/locations/texas/galveston/.