Hantavirus is a viral infection spread by the urine and droppings of mice and rats. Hantavirus can cause life-threatening lung and kidney infections.
Hantavirus infects wild rodents throughout the world. There are different types of hantavirus in different parts of the world.
Depending on the type you have, the virus affects different organs.
Lungs: The type of hantavirus in the western United States and Central and South America usually causes a lung infection that causes a cough, trouble breathing, and fluid in your lungs.
Kidneys: The type of hantavirus in Korea and Europe usually causes a rash and belly pain and can stop your kidneys from working.
Early symptoms of hantavirus:
These early symptoms continue for about 4 days, sometimes longer. Then, you may have other symptoms depending on the type of hantavirus.
When your lungs are affected:
Hantavirus infection that affects your lungs can be deadly.
When your kidneys are affected:
Doctors will treat your symptoms.
If you have the type of hantavirus that affects your lungs, doctors will:
If you have the type of hantavirus that affects your kidneys, doctors will:
Have you take an antiviral medicine that may help lessen your symptoms
Sometimes, give you kidney dialysis (uses a machine to filter wastes from your blood because your kidneys aren’t able to)