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Hantavirus - Prevention

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Published on May 11, 2018. Last modified on July 01, 2019

Avoid contact with all wild rodents, their droppings, and nesting materials. Store all food items securely in rodent-proof containers. Examine the outside of all buildings and seal any holes or other areas that would let rodents get inside. Before entering an enclosed area that may be infested with rodents, allow it to air out for at least 30 minutes. Surfaces that rodents may have contaminated with urine or droppings should be wetted with a dilute bleach solution before mopping up. Do not dry sweep or vacuum to clean potentially contaminated areas. Promptly dispose of all cleaning materials when done, and wash hands and clothes.

Please review the California Department of Public Health brochures below in English and Spanish for information on how to safely clean rodent-infested areas:

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  • Seal up holes inside and outside the home to keep rodents out.
  • Trap rodents around the home to help reduce the population.
  • Clean up any easy-to-get food.
  • Take precautions before and while cleaning rodent-infested areas