Mice do not get sick from Hantavirus. They can carry the virus and spread it to others through droppings, feces and saliva.
Hantavirus can also become airborne. When the feces of an infected mouse are disturbed or broken, the virus can stay viable in the open air for up to 3 days.
Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome (HPS) has a mortality rate of between 30% and 50%. On average there are 3 cases per year reported in Canada. Symptoms of HPS start up to 3 weeks from infection, and progress to a flu-like illness. Fever, fatigue, muscle pains and shortness of breath are commonly reported symptoms.
There is no vaccine for Hantavirus infection. Minimizing contact with m ice and mice droppings is the best defense.
Cleaning of feces should be done with care. Wetting the feces before removal will ensure any disease in the droppings will not be let into the air.
A professional fumigation from Birch Fumigators will ensure all nests are removed and any stragglers taken care of.