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DogueLover
April 23rd, 2005, 09:22 AM
I have posted this after reading the thread about the baby deer mouse that Lucky found. My concern is based on the fact that health Canada in pretty much any province issues warnings about deer mice and hanta virus and also because a close friend of ours was infected with Hanta Virus last summer after sweeping out a bin with deer mouse droppings and he DIED.

If you need more info please do a google search on deer mice and hanta virus.....
http://www.fsai.on.ca/factsheets/rodents_hanta-en.PDF
http://sask.cbc.ca/regional/servlet/View?filename=hantavirus050404
http://www.gov.mb.ca/health/publichealth/cdc/fs/Hantavirusfs.pdf
http://www.health.gov.on.ca/english/public/pub/disease/pdf/hanta.pdf

Cactus Flower
April 23rd, 2005, 01:27 PM
My jaw also dropped when I read that post. But Lucky did not seem too concerned about it, and intends to keep the deer mouse until it is a little bigger. So I didn't think it would make a difference if I reiterated your warning. I will just pray that she does not suffer any ramifications for saving the little critter, and that she releases it soon. Her heart is bigger than her body, I swear.

I live in New Mexico, and we have lost MANY people to hanta virus. It does not seem to matter how clean you keep your area, or the rodent's. Simply breathing around their droppings is all it takes to infect you. Often the statistics on hantavirus cases are under reported because it is not accurately identified in the hospital.

I'm very sorry for the loss of your friend.

Lucky, if you are reading, please wear a mask and gloves when near the droppings, and use RUBBING ALCOHOL to clean EVERYTHING.