Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome (HPS) is a severe disease caused by the virus called hantavirus. Symptoms are similar to the flu and include fever, sore muscles, headaches, nausea, vomiting, stomach ache, and shortness of breath. In Canada and the United States, the disease is very rare, but serious. In North America, about 1 out of 3 people with HPS have died. For more information about HPS, see HealthLinkBC File #36 Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome (HPS).
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Lived in or visited
an area that has a large rodent population?
Lived or stayed in a
cabin or other dwelling that has been vacant?
Lived in or visited a
Farmed or worked in areas near where rodents normally
If you answer "yes" to any of these questions, you may have come in
contact with rodents that carry the virus that causes HPS.
If you have flu-like symptoms, no other signs of HPS (such as
severe breathing problems or
heart failure), and no risk factors for HPS, no
further testing will be done. It is appropriate to monitor your symptoms in
case they become worse. Your doctor may send you home with
instructions about when to call if your symptoms become worse.
ByHealthwise Staff Primary Medical ReviewerE. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine Anne C. Poinier, MD - Internal Medicine Specialist Medical ReviewerRobert L. Cowie, MB, FCP(SA), MD, MSc, MFOM - Pulmonology