ND health officials caution about hantavirus

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — State health officials are cautioning North Dakotans to guard themselves against hantavirus disease.

Hantavirus is transmitted by infected mice. Epidemiologist Michelle Feist (fyst) says it's important to take precautions because there's no cure, and the disease can be fatal.

Feist says people who are cleaning cabins or other buildings that have been closed up for the winter should protect themselves by properly ventilating the space being cleaned, wearing gloves and using disinfectant.

Eleven cases of hantavirus infection and six deaths have been reported in North Dakota since 1993. The most recent case was in 2009.

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