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  • Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome

  • Hantavirus pulmonary syndrome (HPS) is a lung infection caused by viruses found in the saliva, urine, and droppings of some rodents. The illness is rare but can be deadly.

    Most cases of HPS in Canada are caused by one type of hantavirus found in the deer mouse. People can become infected by:

    1. Breathing in tiny airborne particles that come from rodent urine.
    2. Touching rodent urine, saliva, or droppings.
    3. Coming in contact with dust contaminated with the virus.
    4. Being bitten by an infected mouse.

    Alberta has never had a known case of one person spreading the illness to another. And people do not get HPS from farm animals, pets, or insects. But your pet may bring home an infected rodent.

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