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Learn how to prevent Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome (HPS).

Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome: What You Need To Know

Specimen Submission

HPS Specimen Submission Guidelines

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"Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome --- United States: Updated Recommendations for Risk Reduction"
Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, July 26, 2002/Vol. 51/No. RR-9
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Methods for Trapping and Sampling Small Mammals for Virologic Testing

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Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome (HPS)

Hantavirus pulmonary syndrome (HPS) is a deadly disease transmitted by infected rodents through urine, droppings, or saliva. Humans can contract the disease when they breathe in aerosolized virus. HPS was first recognized in 1993 and has since been identified throughout the United States. Although rare, HPS is potentially deadly. Rodent control in and around the home remains the primary strategy for preventing hantavirus infection.

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Viral Hemorrhagic Fevers and Biowarfare/Bioterrorism
For information on viral hemorrhagic fevers as biological agents/diseases and bioterrorism,
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