Department of Health announces 2nd New Mexico Hantavirus death

This undated photo provided by the National Park Service, a deer mouse (Peromyscus maniculatus). The deer mouse helps spread hantavirus to humans. Its head and body are 2-3 inches long, and the tail adds another 2-3 inches. Its coat varies from gray to reddish brown, depending on the animal's age. Found almost everywhere in North America, the deer mouse likes woodlands but also turns up in desert areas. An investigation of the hantavirus outbreak blamed for three deaths at Yosemite National Park recommends that design changes to tent cabins and other lodging run by private concessionaires first be reviewed by National Park Service officials. (AP Photo/National Park Service, John Good)
This undated photo provided by the National Park Service, a deer mouse (Peromyscus maniculatus). The deer mouse helps spread hantavirus to humans. Its head and body are 2-3 inches long, and the tail adds another 2-3 inches. Its coat varies from gray to reddish brown, depending on the animal's age. Found almost everywhere in North America, the deer mouse likes woodlands but also turns up in desert areas. An investigation of the hantavirus outbreak blamed for three deaths at Yosemite National Park recommends that design changes to tent cabins and other lodging run by private concessionaires first be reviewed by National Park Service officials. (AP Photo/National Park Service, John Good)

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – The New Mexico Department of Health says a Cibola County man has died from Hantavirus.

According to the Department of Health, this is the second Hantavirus death this year. Officials say an investigation will be conducted at the man’s home.

Hantavirus is a deadly disease transmitted by infected rodents through urine, droppings or saliva. People can contract the disease when they breathe in the virus. The deer mouse is the main carrier for the Sin Nombre virus which is the Hantavirus strain found in New Mexico.

Symptoms of Hantavirus include:

  • Fever
  • Muscle aches
  • Chills
  • Headaches
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Cough
  • Abdominal Pain

If you are experiencing these symptoms seek medical attention.

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