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Post  RJARPCGP on 2/27/2016, 3:54 am

Unfortunately, I know Vermont has deer mice! On October 24, 2012, when in the basement of a property on Autumn St. in Springfield, Vermont, I saw a mouse with a white belly or feet!
I panicked!

Who would think that a wood mouse has a more lethal virus than a rat???

It looks like that's unfortunately true!

The strain of hantavirus that deer mice are known to have, causes HCPS, which is worse than HFRS!
Many suffer a cruel death, with respiratory failure and lungs drowning in your own fluids, quite unlike Asian and European hantaviruses!

Thus, cities are less likely to have that real bad strain of hantavirus.
Respiratory failure almost always occurs with residents of very rural places.

You're more likely to die from an exposure in northern Vermont than in southern New Hampshire, for example!

Calais, Vermont (northern Vermont and looks like the sticks alright) was unfortunately ground zero for American hantavirus exposure in Vermont, since the early 2000s.
But the man that got the virus recovered.

The states with cases of American hantavirus nearing 100 are: New Mexico, Colorado, Arizona and Utah.
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Post  camprn on 2/27/2016, 8:09 am

Hantavirus is nasty nasty. This is why mice outside are cute and inside my house they are vermin. Sadly for the cute wee beasties that make their way into my house, the snap trap is the only solution.

Here is  some more information about hantavirus, the specific vectors and regions where the disease is endemic, and infection prevention strategies.

http://www.cdc.gov/hantavirus/

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Post  sanderson on 2/27/2016, 1:43 pm

Since I am now retired from the health department, I forgot about this beastie. Mouse proof garden sheds. Always use WET bleach-solution cleanup procedures instead of DRY. You don't want to stir up dry urine and feces.

http://www.cdc.gov/hantavirus/pdf/hps_brochure.pdf

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Post  Scorpio Rising on 2/27/2016, 4:13 pm

I always associate hantavirus with the southwest US. I didn't know it was in the northeast!
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Post  RJARPCGP on 4/3/2016, 9:55 pm

@Scorpio Rising wrote:I always associate hantavirus with the southwest US.  I didn't know it was in the northeast!  
It was unfortunately found in Calais, Vermont in 2000. (That's likely in the northeast kingdom!)

The Calais, Vermont victim recovered...

Interestingly, none found in New Hampshire...

It was also found in New York state in 2011 and the person that got exposed, died! 
After cleaning a basement of a house!
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Post  Scorpio Rising on 4/4/2016, 8:50 pm

RJ.....you have so many initials! Lol! I did not know hantavirus was east of the Mississippi! Durn vermin.

True that, camp, LOCATION, outside is where you belong. In my house? You die. Sorry not sorry. My house.
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Post  RJARPCGP on 4/10/2016, 6:23 pm

@camprn wrote:Hantavirus is nasty nasty. This is why mice outside are cute and inside my house they are vermin. Sadly for the cute wee beasties that make their way into my house, the snap trap is the only solution.

Here is  some more information about hantavirus, the specific vectors and regions where the disease is endemic, and infection prevention strategies.

http://www.cdc.gov/hantavirus/

Ironically, it's just those mice that are associated with the sticks! And they have long ears with a white belly. 

Ironically the rats that came over from Europe don't have the strain that's deadly like the strains that deer mice carry! 

Deaths are rare from European and Asian hantaviruses! 

The above is why I dread trailers, sheds and barns in rural regions! 

Out in the boonies=99.9 percent the mouse will be a deer mouse! 
(or going by its Latin prefix, peromyscus)
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Post  RJARPCGP on 4/19/2018, 7:42 pm

On June 12, 2016, I think I lucked out, because I believe it was just a rat causing trouble. Before June 12, 2016, when checking out the house of the second move of 2016, which occurred on May 31, 2016. Roughly a week-in-a-half before June 12, 2016, I already had a feeling that there was a rat or a squirrel, because of the bigger feces, and my internet-fu!

But, on June 12, 2017, in the Claremont, NH Walmart parking lot, I saw a squished deer mouse, IIRC! Coincidentally on June 12th as well in 2017!
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Post  RJARPCGP on 6/19/2018, 9:54 pm

I'm plan to start using the shape of claw marks as evidence of mice of the peromyscus genus, (a.k.a. deer mouse/white-footed mouse) as they are a biohazard and thus a garden contamination hazard!

The peromyscus genus mice are the worst offenders of rodents in Vermont and most of the U.S., period! They are notorious for trespassing into vehicle HVAC systems, sheds and garages!
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Post  RJARPCGP on 7/1/2018, 7:18 am

Well, here's this website:

http://www.hantasite.com/

Looks like it was just officially founded in 2017...

And this:

http://www.hantasite.com/2017/03/

The notoriety of them trespassing into vehicle HVAC systems!
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Post  RJARPCGP Yesterday at 10:43 pm

If it wasn't for good folk Mark C. Waterbury, Ph.D. of Redmond, Washington, which the city is the home of Microsoft, coincidentally, then there's a good chance that I would have dismissed signs of doom in vehicles!

He was the one that founded hantasite.com
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