Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome : About

HPS is a disease characterized by flu-like symptoms that progress rapidly to severe and potentially life-threatening breathing problems. The hantaviruses that cause the syndrome are carried by several types of rodents, particularly the deer mouse. Humans become infected primarily by breathing air infected with hantaviruses that are shed in rodent urine and droppings. Syptoms:

  • Fatigue
  • Fever
  • Chills
  • Muscle aches, especially in large muscle groups, such as your thighs, hips and back
  • Bubbling or rattling sounds in your lungs (rales)
  • Abnormally fast breathing (tachypnea)
  • Abnormally fast heartbeat (tachycardia)
  • Headaches
  • Dizziness
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Abdominal pain