Hantavirus pulmonary syndrome.docx - Hantavirus pulmonary syndrome INTRODUCTION Hantavirus pulmonary syndrome(HPS is a rare but serious infection that

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Hantavirus pulmonary syndrome INTRODUCTION Hantavirus pulmonary syndrome (HPS) is a rare but serious infection that can become life threatening if it isn't treated. ... There isn't a cure or vaccine , but doctors are able to give oxygen therapy to people with HPS. The earlier it is diagnosed, the better your chances of recovering. The symptoms can be like those of the flu , and they can get worse quickly. People usually get HPS by breathing air that is infected by urine , droppings, or saliva of mice and other rodents that have hantavirus, a group of viruses found in wild rodents. This virus doesn’t make the rodents sick. In people, it mainly harms the heart , lungs , and kidneys . There has not been a single documented case of a person passing along the virus to another person. The primary carrier in North America is the deer mouse. People most at risk for HPS are those who are often in areas where rodents live. It’s most common in spring and summer and in the western part of the United States. It also is found in Canada and South America. IMPACTS ON THE BODY: Your early symptoms may seem a lot like those of a very bad cold or the flu . You might have a fever and headaches . You may also have: Chills Muscle aches Vomiting Abdominal pain Trouble breathing It can get worse after 4 to 10 days, when signs of HPS include: Shortness of breath Cough with secretions Lower blood pressure Fluid in the lungs
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DIAGNOSIS: Blood tests can reveal if your body has made antibodies to a hantavirus. Your doctor may order other laboratory tests to rule out other conditions with similar symptoms. This virus is very difficult to treat because it is hard to diagnose, this is because of the similarity in symptoms with the flu and the common cold amongst other non-lethal sicknesses.
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