Spring Cleaning Hazard You Should Look Out For - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

4/25/03

Spring Cleaning Hazard You Should Look Out For

A word of advice if spring cleaning is on your to do list. The Texas Department of Health (TDH) says remember that spring cleaning may bring exposure to Hanta Virus, which is spread by rodent droppings.

Since 1993, 21 people in texas have been infected and 10 have died. In the Panhandle and South Plains, half the cases were recorded between April and June. So, TDH says take precautions. If you notice rodent droppings, don't just sweep them up because the virus can aerosolize. Instead, spray the area with a bleach solution to keep the dust down and let it sit there for about 30 minutes. Then, when you clean it up, you can sweep it lightly but use rubber gloves and wear a mask to protect against inhaling any contaminated dust.

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