Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome (HPS)
Learn About Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome
Hantaviruses are a group of rodent-borne viruses that cause illness in humans, including hantavirus pulmonary syndrome (HPS). The presence of rodents in and around indoor environments is the primary risk factor for infection.
Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome Symptoms and Diagnosis
Because fever, muscle aches, headaches, diarrhea and abdominal pain are primary symptoms, they can be easily mistaken for other viral illnesses. This is why diagnosis is particularly tricky.
Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome Treatment and Prevention
Treatment options for HPS are limited. Supportive treatment during the severe stages of illness allows the body and its organs to rest and defend themselves as the viral illness runs its course.
Questions to Ask Your Doctor About Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome
Making notes before your visit, as well as taking along a trusted family member or friend, can help you through an appointment with your doctor.