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Arizona woman dies from hantavirus complications

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. — Coconino County health officials say a Flagstaff-area
woman has died from complications of hantavirus.

They say it’s still unclear how the woman contracted the rare disease spread by
infected rodent droppings.

The name and age of the woman weren’t disclosed Friday.

Hantavirus is transmitted to people that come into contact with or breathe
infected urine, droppings and-or saliva of wild mice, primarily deer mice.

The virus isn’t spread from person to person.

The illness starts with fever, headache and muscle aches, and progresses
rapidly to severe difficulty in breathing and can be fatal.

The last reported case in Coconino County was 2007 and the victim eventually

Health officials say there have now been 22 confirmed hantavirus cases in
Arizona since 2006 and 11 of those victims died.


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