Hantavirus claims elderly woman’s life

SAN JUAN COUNTY, N.M. (KRQE) – A 67-year-old woman from San Juan County has died of Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome, according to the New Mexico Department of Health. This is the first case of HPS in the state this year.

Department of Health officials say HPS is transmitted through rodent urine, droppings or saliva. The disease can be contracted by breathing in the virus.

Symptoms include fever and muscle aches, chills, headaches, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain and a cough.

Officials say there is no specific treatment for HPS, but patients have a better chance of surviving if the virus is detected early.



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