PROVO, Utah (ABC4 Utah)- A woman in Utah County has died from hantavirus, health officials said Tuesday.
The female was between the ages of 18-44 and had no other health issues. Utah County Health Department (UCHD) says this is the second death related to hantavirus pulmonary syndrome (HPS) in Utah in 2016 and the tenth case since 2006.
UCHD Executive Director Ralph Clegg said if you come in contact with a rodent that carries the virus, you’re at risk.
“People need to be taking precautions when working in areas with potential rodent droppings and nests. Use a disinfectant spray on areas with droppings and wait 15-20 minutes before cleaning. This will kill the virus and decrease your risk,” Clegg said.
Early symptoms of hantavirus inlcude: fatigue, fever, muscle aches, headaches, dizziness, chills, and abdominal problems.
Health officials say HPS is deadly in over one third of the cases reported.
Anyone experiencing early symptoms should contact their healthcare provider immediately.