MCKINLEY COUNTY, N.M. (KRQE) — A 15-year-old in McKinley County has died after contracting the hantavirus disease.
That is the instance of also passing this season and hantavirus in New Mexico, according to the New Mexico Department of Health. All 3 disease instances in 2019 have already been in McKinley County.
The virus is transmitted by infected rodents through urine, droppings or saliva.
Deer mice are the principal carriers of Hantavirus, and symptoms may create to mice droppings and urine following exposure. NMDOH suggests preventing contact to avoid the virus.
To stop contracting hantavirus NMDOH indicates, after the steps below:
The air outside closed‐up buildings such as cottages and sheds, and abandoned or stored vehicles prior to entering. Trap mice till they’re gone. Seal up houses and lands to prevent rodents from entering. Scrub nests and droppings with a disinfectant like a 10% bleach solution before cleaning up them.
Do not sweep up rodent droppings to the atmosphere where they could be inhaled
Place hay, timber, and mulch piles as much as you can from the home. Eliminate garbage and junk piles.
Do not leave your pet’s water and food at which mice could access to it.