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Hantavirus: Little Mice, Big Trouble (April 4, 2013)

Dr. Deborah Carr

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Summary: In the summer of 2012 ten cases of hantavirus pulmonary syndrome were diagnosed in people who had been camping at Yosemite National Park.  Investigation revealed evidence of rodent infestation of tent cabins in the park.  It is believed 14% of the California wild mice population carries hantavirus.

At the conclusion of this presentation participants should be able to describe basic facts about the ecology of hantavirus.  They should also have an understanding of how hantavirus is transmitted to humans and what the risk factors are.   They should also understand the clinical signs of hantavirus pulmonary syndrome in people and some of the control methods used to prevent hantavirus pulmonary syndrome.