for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has received several
inquiries about an e-mail report of a stock clerk who became
infected with hantavirus while working in a storeroom. According to
the e-mail message, the infection resulted from exposure to dried
rodent droppings that were contaminated with hantavirus. The e-mail
message warns the reader to take precautions when handling items
such as soda cans and grocery packages (for example, cereal boxes)
because they may be contaminated with hantavirus.
report is untrue. CDC could not substantiate this report of a
hantavirus infection, nor has CDC been asked to participate in an
investigation of the incident described in the e-mail.
can cause a serious, often life-threatening disease called
hantavirus pulmonary syndrome, or HPS. The viruses are carried by
certain species of mice and can be spread to humans by exposure to
virus-contaminated rodent droppings, urine, or saliva.
information about hantavirus disease and ways to reduce the risk for
exposure to hantaviruses, please refer to the following CDC webpage: