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Michigan well being officers on Monday reported the state’s first confirmed human case of the deadly hantavirus.

The rat-borne sickness, which U.S. well being officers say can’t be transmitted from person-to-person, is often handed to sufferers once they breathe in air contaminated with the virus by rodent droppings.

The confirmed case beneath investigation by county and state well being officers concerned a girl in Washtenaw County, “lately hospitalized with a critical pulmonary sickness from Sin Nombre hantavirus,” in line with a release from the Michigan Division of Well being & Human Companies. “The person was doubtless uncovered when cleansing an unoccupied dwelling that contained indicators of an energetic rodent infestation.”

It’s additionally potential to contract the virus by a chunk from an contaminated rodent, or if individuals contact one thing that has been contaminated with rodent urine, droppings or saliva after which contact their very own nostril or mouth. It could even be potential to contract the virus by consuming meals contaminated by an contaminated rodent’s droppings, urine or saliva, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

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Michigan officers defined hantavirus was first tied to hantavirus pulmonary syndrome in sick sufferers in southwest U.S. in 1993, although the earliest case entails a Utah man in 1959, in line with the CDC. Most infections have been reported amongst adults, and crop up within the spring and summer time.

Signs of the illness embody fatigue, fever, and muscle aches, in addition to complications, dizziness, chills and belly pains. Late signs could embody coughing and shortness of breath, and the illness has a couple of 40% fatality fee. A number of of the signs mimic the indicators for COVID-19.

“We are able to forestall and scale back the chance of hantavirus an infection by taking precautions and being alert to the opportunity of it,” Dr. Juan Luis Marquez, medical director with Washtenaw County Well being Division, mentioned in an announcement. “Use rubber, latex, vinyl or nitrile gloves when cleansing areas with rodent infestations, ventilate areas for at the least half-hour earlier than working, and ensure to moist areas totally with a disinfectant or chlorine answer earlier than cleansing.”

Fox Information’ Alexandria Hein contributed to this report.

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