People who do the following:
- Cleaning up mouse and rat urine, droppings, and nests without wearing rubber or plastic gloves
- Entering a home, shed, camper, or cabin infested with rodents
- Working in areas where mice and rats may live (such as barns or vehicles)
- Participating in recreational outdoor activities where exposure to mice and rat habitat may occur (such as visiting infested trail shelters or camping)
- People can get HPS by:
- Breathing in air contaminated with fresh mouse or rat urine, droppings, or nesting materials from an infected rodent
- Touching contaminated mouse or rat urine, droppings, or nesting materials and then touching eyes, nose, or mouth
- Being bitten or scratched by an infected rodent
- Eating food contaminated by urine, droppings or saliva from an infected rodent In the United States, there have been no reports of HPS spreading between people.
Hantavirus is a reportable disease in Oklahoma.