What is Hantavirus?

Anyone who comes into contact with rodents that carry Hantavirus is at risk of Hantavirus pulmonary syndrome (HPS). Even healthy individuals are at risk for HPS infection if exposed to the virus. The following references aid in recognizing disease characteristics and hazards associated with Hantavirus.

  • Hantavirus. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Covers a variety of topics and links to references related to Hantavirus. Links include information about how Hantavirus is spread, rodent carriers, symptoms, prevention, and presentation material.
  • Reported Cases of HPS: HPS in the United States. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
  • Hantavirus. Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS). Provides answers to basic questions about Hantavirus, including occupations associated with elevated risk.
  • Simons, J., and L. Riley. "Hantaviruses: An Overview." Comparative Medicine 52.2 (2002): 97-110. Covers associated diseases and their pathogenesis, as well as the biology and ecology of Hantavirus alone and when associated with rodent hosts.