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  • Published on May 19, 2014

    Learn About Hantavirus

    With camping season in full swing, we here at All Valley RV Center want to take this time to share a few thoughts about the rare disease hantavirus that seems to be popping up around the state as well as Southwest regions of the U.S.

    What is it?

    Hantavirus is carried by rodents, and is prevalent especially in deer mice. The virus is found in their urine and feces, but it does not make the animal sick. It is the belief that humans can get sick if they come in contact with contaminated dust from mice nests or droppings. Rodents carrying the hantavirus have been found in many national parks, causing campers and to be more likely to catch the disease than most people. This is because they might sleep on the ground or contact it in empty or dusty cabins. Although rare, hantavirus can be fatal if not treated right away.

    What are Symptoms of Hantavirus?

    Early symptoms of hantavirus disease can be confused for flu like symptoms. These include:
    • Chills
    • Fever
    • Muscle aches
    • May become hard to breathe after 2-3 days
    • Nausea and vomiting
    If caught early enough, hantavirus can be treated in humans. If left untreated, it can become fatal. If you have come into contact with rodent droppings or start to develop these symptoms after camping, it is best to contact a doctor right away to get treated.

    How can I Prevent Hantavirus from Happening to me?

    While not 100 percent effective, there are steps you can take to limit your chance of getting the hantavirus. Although this disease is rare, it is best to take caution and follow these steps to prevent the virus from happening to you.
    • Avoid exposure to rodent urine and droppings.
    • When hiking and camping, pitch tents in areas where there are no rodent droppings.
    • Avoid rodent dens.
    • Drink disinfected water.
    • Sleep on a ground cover and pad.
    • Keep your home clean. Clear out potential nesting sites and clean your kitchen.

    All Valley RV Center

    Here at All Valley RV Center we want you to be safe when you camp this summer. Remember, this post wasn’t meant to scare you, but to inform you about this disease so that you can be cautious when camping. If you need anything at all this summer before your camping journey begins, give All Valley RV Center a call! We offer a great selection of new and used RVs, as well as a top notch service department that will get the job done right the first time around. We will see you here and have a Happy Memorial Day Weekend!        

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