Manitoba Reports First Hantavirus Death Since 2000

Manitoba has reported its first death related to hantavirus infection since 2000.

The province advised Friday that citizens use caution when working around or cleaning out areas where it appears that mice are living.

The infection is a rare viral disease which can be fatal. It’s often found in urine, feces and saliva of infected deer mice.

Four lab-confirmed cases of HPS have been reported in Manitoba since 1999 when record keeping began.

An official with Manitoba Health confirmed the infection claimed the life of a middle-aged Winnipeg man.

— Staff