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Five cases of hantavirus confirmed in Washington, most since 1999

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Five cases of hantavirus have been confirmed in Washington so far this year, the highest number in the state since 1999.

The Washington Department of Health reported there have been three deaths connected with the hantavirus cases.

The people who died were from Franklin, King and Spokane counties. The two people who survived are from King and Skagit counties.

Deer mice are known to carry hantavirus. People can become infected by breathing in air contaminated with the virus, through direct contact with hantavirus-infected deer mice and from saliva, urine, droppings or nesting materials.

Symptoms include fever, muscle aches and shortness of breath for up to eight weeks after exposure.

Anyone who believes they’ve been exposed to deer mice and develops symptoms of hantavirus is urged to see a health care provider.

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