Hantavirus: Advice for Hikers and Campers
If you are hiking or camping, especially in areas where
hantavirus has been reported, the following
recommendations may help you avoid contact with infected rodents:1
- Avoid disturbing rodent burrows or rodent
- Do not handle or pet any rodents that you see, even if they
- Do not use cabins or other enclosed shelters that are
rodent-infested until they have been aired out, cleaned, and
- Do not pitch tents or place sleeping bags in areas
near rodent droppings, rodent burrows, or possible rodent shelters, such as
- If possible, do not sleep on the bare ground. Use a cot
with the sleeping surface at least
12 in. (30.5 cm) above the
ground or use tents with floors.
- Keep food in rodent-proof
- Promptly bury (or, in accordance with local
requirements, burn followed by burying) all garbage and trash or throw it away
in covered trash cans.
- Use only bottled water or water that has
been disinfected by filtering, boiling, chlorination, or iodination for
drinking, cooking, washing dishes, and brushing your teeth.
WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise
March 02, 2010
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