Rodent Borne Diseases
Last modified: 3/5/2012 1:10 PM
Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome
Hantavirus pulmonary syndrome, caused by a strain of the virus contained in rodent feces and urine, first emerged in the spring of 1993, when it killed dozens of people.
Three men from the SF Bay Area were diagnosed with leptospirosis last week. The men were all in their 30's and were previously healthy. Their symptoms began May 16-17, 2003 with fever, headache, and myalgias. One patient developed hepatitis and another renal failure; two were hospitalized.