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Benton Franklin Health Department Warns Of Hantavirus Cases

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TRI-CITIES, Wash. - The Benton Franklin Health Department is concerned about recent cases of Hantavirus throughout the area.

There have been five reported cases to the department in 2007.  The disease is cause when people inhale dirt and dust contaminated by deer mice urine or droppings.

Health Officials report that symptoms include fatigue, fever, body aches, dizziness and vomiting.

It can cause serious respiratory problems and even be fatal in some cases.  Local health officials warn people to stay away from rodents to avoid being infected and say that people who live in rural areas need to be extra careful.

The Health Department released the following suggestions:

1--Open doors and windows to air out cabins, barns, sheds, garages, trailers and other structures.

2--Don't sweep, brush, or vacuum droppings or nests.

3--Thoroughly spray rodent areas with a bleach water mixture.

4--Wear gloves to clean up the mess.

For more information call the health department at 509-547-9737.