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Hantavirus Notice

October 23rd, 2012 · No Comments · News

NYSDEC LogoThe NYS Department of Health and the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have confirmed the presence of Hanta Virus antibodies in a man from Suffolk County, NY. It is possible that the man contracted Hanta Virus from mice in Uphill lean-to in the Eastern High Peaks.

Although hanta virus is extremely rare, and has never been recorded in the Adirondacks, DEC will be checking lean-tos in the area and removing food and other garbage from in, under and around the lean-tos.

Campers and hikers can help to avoid attracting nuisance wildlife, including mice, squirrels, martens and bears, by following these housekeeping practices:

  • Cook away from your campsite
  • Plan portions to avoid leftovers
  • Keep food in storage containers except when cooking or eating
  • Be neat and clean while cooking and eating
  • Clean up your hands, clothing and dishware immediately after eating
  • Never leave food unattended
  • Use bear resistant food canisters year-round to store food, garbage and toiletries.
  • Carry out all garbage

See the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Hanta Virus web page for more information:

(via NYSDEC)

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