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Hantavirus strikes Mammoth resident

May 18, 2012


A resident of Mammoth Lakes is in critical but stable condition today, after being flown to Reno last Monday, with word that tests performed at the Nevada State Public Health Laboratory are positive on Thursday. 

Full credit for ensuring that the individual quickly received the highest level of care necessary to maximize the chances of survival go to an astute experienced local clinician at Mammoth Hospital, according to Mono County Health Officer Richard Johnson. 

Hantavirus is most commonly contracted from deer mice and is most common in the spring and summer when the rodents are out and about. An investigation into possible sources of the infection is being completed. 

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