Jan 28, 2010 9:25 AM by Associated Press

Hantavirus blamed for Colorado death

A virus carried by deer mice is being blamed for the death of an Alamosa County person.

The Alamosa County Health Department says hantavirus caused the death of a county resident. No details have been given about the victim or when the person died.

Hantavirus is a rare disease carried by deer mice and passed to humans through dust from droppings. People can also get hantavirus by handling dead mice.

Alamosa County's last hantavirus death was in the 2007, when a 28-year-old woman died.


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