CDPHE: How to avoid hantavirus
With summer officially underway, the Colorado Department of Public Heath and Environment is asking Coloradans to take precautions against hantavirus exposure while cleaning out cabins and buildings that were closed up during the winter months. Hantavirus is a potentially fatal respiratory disease carried by deer mice, according to state health officials. When cleaning out structures that may be infested with rodents, individuals run the risk of exposure to the virus by breathing in dirt and dust that may contain deer mice urine or feces.