Illness due to hantavirus reported in Sterlitamak, Russia

Authorities in Sterlitamak have reported 7 cases of a serious form of hantavirus infection called haemorrhagic fever with renal syndrome. Symptoms such low blood pressure, acute shock, vascular leakage, and acute kidney failure may develop later during the illness.

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Advice For Travellers

Dust, food, and hands that are contaminated with the dried urine and excreta of infected rodents are the main source of hanta viruses. When the dust is stirred up during cleaning or working in rodent-infested places, people inhale the virus and become infected. Travellers can reduce the risk of exposure to hantavirus infection by avoiding situations that create dust in rodent infected areas.

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