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New Mexico Woman Tests Positive For Hantavirus

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — State health officials say a 45-year-old McKinley County woman has laboratory-confirmed Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome.

The New Mexico Department of Health announced Friday that the woman is hospitalized at University of New Mexico Hospital in Albuquerque and is listed in satisfactory condition. The department says an environmental investigation will be conducted at the patient’s home.

This is the first case of Hantavirus in New Mexico this year.

Hantavirus develops from breathing in particles transmitted by rodent droppings, urine or saliva.

Early symptoms of hantavirus can include fever and muscle aches, chills, headaches, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain and coughing.

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