Rodent Plague Surveillance

The California Department of Public Health is reporting that a Northern California man has been diagnosed with hantavirus after rodent exposure.

The warning, posted Tuesday, reminds the public that rodents and other animals can easily contaminate food and food preparation surfaces with the hantavirus and plague.

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There have been 73 hantavirus infections in California and 659 cases nationally since it was first identified in 1993. About 30 percent of hantavirus cases identified in California have been fatal.

The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) provides an
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