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Hantavirus Case Reported In Washoe County

A south Reno resident has contracted Washoe County’s first case of hantavirus since 2017.

Hantavirus is transmitted by rodents - mostly deer mice in northern Nevada.

The flu-like symptoms typically appear one to eight weeks after exposure and prove fatal in about 38 percent of human cases.

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Washoe County health officials urge area residents to take extra precautions in any area that may have mouse droppings or urine.