New Mexico woman, 42, dies after contracting deadly rodent disease
- A 42-year-old woman from McKinley County, New Mexico, died after the modus operandi virus
- The virus is contracted by coming into contact with infected rodents and can paralyze the heart, lungs and other organs
- The condition of the woman developed into Hantavirus Long Syndrome, causing her to experience respiratory problems
A 42-year-old New Mexico woman died after having a rare and deadly disease.
The state health ministry says the woman, from McKinley County, was diagnosed with hantavirus, a disease spread by rodent faeces that paralyzes the organs.
This developed into Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome (HPS), causing the woman to have breathing problems.
Health officials conducted an environmental investigation at the woman's house, but did not release details about how she contracted the virus.
A 42-year-old woman from McKinley County, New Mexico, died after contracting hantavirus, a disease that spread through contact with rodent droppings, causing the organs to become lame. Depicted: a deer mouse, the most common carrier of the hantavirus strain in New Mexico
This is the second case of HPS confirmed in New Mexico in 2019, and the first death.
Last month, a 50-year-old woman, also from McKinley County, was hospitalized with the virus, but recovered.
Kathy Kunkel, the state's health secretary, urged the residents of the state to be careful when cleaning or going outside.
& # 39; We urge New Mexicans to be aware of the fact that they have opened sheds, huts and other buildings that have been closed when mice and other rodents have been opened, & # 39; she said in one press release.
& # 39; It is best to air out cabins and stables before you enter them and to wet the stools with a disinfectant. & # 39;
The rare virus is caused by coming into contact with infected rodent faeces, urine, saliva, nesting materials or inhaling particles from it.
In New Mexico, the deer mouse is the most common carrier of the hantavirus strain.
Diagnosis can be difficult because early symptoms, such as fever, muscle aches and chills, often resemble other more common viruses such as the flu.
Leaking blood vessels in the lungs cause flooding in the air pockets, making it difficult for patients to breathe.
When the virus infects the heart, the damage reduces the ability of the organ to circulate blood throughout the body. This causes a critically low blood pressure and a lack of oxygen throughout the body.
The infection can lead to Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome, which can lead to respiratory failure and death in about half of the cases.
There is currently no cure for hantavirus, but recovery is possible if patients are diagnosed early and receive rapid medical care.
According to the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention, only three cases of the virus were reported last year.
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