The Texas Department of Health confirmed Tuesday a woman from Seth Ward, just north of Plainview has died of the Hantavirus. The woman died in December, but Hantavirus was not confirmed until last week.
The Texas Department of Health and the Hale County Health Department are currently looking for the origin of the virus. This was the fourth Texas case of Hantavirus in 2002. All of them were fatal.
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Hantavirus is usually transmitted through dust contaminated by rodent droppings. Health experts say if you are cleaning in an area where you know rodents have lived wear rubber gloves, eye protection and a mask. You should also spray the area with a disinfectant. Symptoms begin with a fever and muscle aches, but quickly develop into chest pain and trouble breathing.