Michigan Confirms First Deadly Virus Case

Michigan health officials on Monday reported the state’s first confirmed human case of the deadly hantavirus.

The case under investigation by e health officials involved a woman in Washtenaw County, "recently hospitalized with a serious pulmonary illness from Sin Nombre hantavirus," according to a release from the Michigan Department of Health. "The individual was likely exposed when cleaning an unoccupied dwelling that contained signs of an active rodent infestation."

It’s also possible to contract the virus through a bite from an infected rodent, or if people touch something that has been contaminated with rodent urine, droppings or saliva and then touch their own nose or mouth. It may also be possible to contract the virus by eating food contaminated by an infected rodent’s droppings, urine or saliva, according to the CDC.

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