Severe form of hantavirus infections reported in Saratov Region, Russia

The Saratov region continues to report cases of a severe form of hantavirus infection called hemorrhagic fever with renal syndrome (HFRS). In 2014, the number of reported cases increased 10 fold. In January this year, there were 121 infections reported.

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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