by Annabelle Hallam
Symptoms of Hantavirus
Treatment for Hantavirus
The Cause of Hantavirus
- 1993, 396 cases were reported in the USA
- Hantavirus has been reported in 30 states
- 36% death rate
- 2006, 451 cases in USA
How Hantavirus Was Discovered
It was 1993 and a young fit 19 year old Navajo man living in the four corners area was driving to his fiance's funeral, who had died five days earlier. The man suddenly could not breath and was rushed to the hospital. He died later that week. His family reported him having flu-like symptoms the previous week. The x ray of his lungs showed that they were flooded, and the doctors were mystified. His fiance had also died of similar symptoms.
The New Mexico Office found five more cases of young healthy people who died in the area, because of respiratory troubles. 70% of the people died. If the department hadn't found the connection between the young Navajo man and his fiance, the disease may have taken many years to be discovered.
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