Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome in Five Pediatric Patients -- Four States, 2009

Levy, C.; Gains, K.; Crocco, V.; Brown, J.; Lawaczeck, E.; Ray, W.; Miller, M.; Klaber, M.; Doussette, A.; Ralston, C.; Marsden-Haug, N.; Fritz, C.; Watson, C.; MacNeil, A.; Mills, J.; Rollin, P. E.; Nichol, S.; Knust, B.
December 2009
MMWR: Morbidity & Mortality Weekly Report;12/25/2009, Vol. 58 Issue 50, p1409
The article presents cases of pediatric patients with hantavirus pulmonary syndrome (HPS), a disease that is infectious and has a high mortality rate. Hantaviruses can be transmitted from rodent hosts to humans by means of inhalation of infectious aerosols of rodent excreta or direct inoculation into broken skin. Recommendations from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to reduce the risk for hantavirus infection are given.


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