Rodents living in Lane County Oregon

Asked April 29, 2018, 4:10 PM EDT

Have been noticing with interest the recent news articles regarding the death of the young woman in New Mexico from a hantavirus, and I recall a similar incident occurring over in Eastern Oregon some years ago. I'm in the process of trying to clean out an outbuilding in Rainbow, Oregon that is thick with all sorts of rodent residue and I'm wondering what, if any, risk is involved in carrying out this project.

Lane County Oregon

1 Response

Although Oregon is not within the traditional range for Hanta, anytime we are cleaning up after rodents we should be mindful for potential exposure to Hanta as well as other issues associated with inhalation/ingestion of biological waste products. The Centers for Disease Control have an excellent handout https://www.cdc.gov/hantavirus/pdf/hps_brochure.pdf about symptoms and prevention during cleanups (see page 5).