A certain amount of dust in the infectious region is one more common risk factor as well as the waste materials. If you live in the United States, you will not face the issue for 99% – no cases were reported by today. It is impossible to get infected by the farm animals and insects, so do not worry about that.
One more important thing is the symptoms of HPS. HPS is an abbreviation for this type of virus. The signs vary based on whether the hantavirus syndrome is at its initial or progressive stage. The first symptoms start in about 1-5 weeks after the primary contact with the source of infection. Those sources are the carrier’s urine, droppings, or feces as well as other waste of the organism. The initial signs take place for 4-10 days. The common symptoms of hantavirus pulmonary syndrome are fever, exhaustion, pain in the muscles, and problems with joints. In most cases, the muscles of the lower extremities suffer.
The risk factors of the HPS were already discussed in the post. Individuals whose profession is related to the sphere of dealing with the rodents or work in the infectious regions are under the highest threat as the infection is spread from person to person via direct contact. Some of the activities may provoke the beginning and development of the infection in the organism: household duties, cleaning activities, working in the unused buildings, working as an employee who may get exposed to deer mouse, working in the place full of the carriers like hospitals, staying close to the infected areas, traveling to the risky regions, camping, and hiking. Other possible risk factors include the utility work, engineering, and construction.