Method of Control and Management

Methods to eliminate or minimize contact with rodents at home, in the workplace and in recreational areas are important. Seal up holes and gaps in the home and garage. Remove any food sources that rodents may access. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has recommendations for properly cleaning up areas infested by rodents. There is no specific treatment, cure, or vaccine for hantavirus infection. If there is a suspicion of hantavirus infection, immediate transfer to an intensive care unit is mandatory. Ribavirin does not appear to be effective. Passive immunotherapy using plasma from patients that have recovered from HPS may be beneficial, but no studies of clinical effectiveness have been conducted (52,61,62).

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