Occupational Safety & Health
Hantavirus infection is caused by a virus that is found in some field rodents, especially deer mice in Canada and the United States. This booklet is intended for employers and workers who may come into contact with rodents or rodent droppings, while on the job.
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Occupational Health & Safety: Hantavirus Disease Guidelines for Protecting Workers and the Public - 2006 (PDF)http://www.labour.gov.sk.ca/Default.aspx?DN=16d4dfa9-e47e-485c-889b-692def66527e
This 13 page booklet prepared in July 2006 is provided by Saskatchewan Labour on Hantavirus. Hantavirus disease is a rare, but potentially fatal infection spread by deer mice and possibly by other rodents. It is transmitted to people when they inhale airborne particles contaminated by the saliva or excretions of infected rodents.
March 2000 Employer information bulletin on Hantavirus as provided by Washington State Department of Labor and Industries.
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This report provides updated recommendations for prevention and control of hantavirus infections associated with rodents in the United States. It supersedes the previous report (CDC. Hantavirus infection—southwestern United States: interim recommendations for risk reduction. MMWR 1993;42[No. RR-11]:1–13). These recommendations are based on principles of rodent and infection control, and accumulating evidence that most infections result from exposure, in closed spaces, to active infestations of infected rodent.
CCOHS Occupational Safety and Health Answers on Hantavirus including: what is Hantavirus; how can hantavirus enter my body; how does hantavirus affect my health and more.
Hantaviruses are transmitted to humans from the dried droppings, urine, or saliva of mice and rats. Animal laboratory workers and persons working in infested buildings are at increased risk to this disease, particularly during dusty clean-up activities. This page includes information on applicable OSHA standards, hazard recognition, diagnosis, treatment and prevention of hantavirus.