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Hantavirus infections increased again
A rapid increase in Hantavirus infections has been registered in Germany in recent months - including in Lower Saxony. The numbers are significantly higher than in the previous year. The risk can be reduced with a few precautionary measures.
Significantly more Hantavirus infections in Lower Saxony
In various regions of Germany there is currently an increased risk of contracting the Hanta virus. According to experts, the number of infections has risen sharply compared to the previous year, also in Lower Saxony, reports the Barmer health insurance company in a recent announcement.
"There were a total of 56 new cases in Lower Saxony in the whole of last year, so the Robert Koch Institute has already registered 100 cases in the current year," said state director Heike Sander.
The symptoms were similar to those of the flu: fever, headache and body aches.
The Robert Koch Institute (RKI) experts warn in a leaflet that a drop in blood pressure and eventually kidney dysfunction can also lead to acute kidney failure.
Virus is transmitted by a number of rubella mice
The virus is transmitted via saliva, urine and feces from infected red vole mice, which can be used in household and garden work or when camping.
"A transmission from person to person and infection via pets or vectors (e.g. mosquitoes or ticks) is not scientifically proven," writes the Lower Saxony State Health Office (NLGA) on its website.
There is no vaccination against the dangerous hantavirus. "With a few precautionary measures, the risk of infection can be reduced," says Sander von der Barmer.
Protection tips against infections
Since an infection with the Hantavirus can occur through the inhalation of contaminated dust, rooms such as basements, attics, sheds and barns should be ventilated very well before entering. In addition, humidification can prevent dust from developing.
Respirators and disposable gloves should be worn when working, cleaning up, sweeping and cleaning, since the Hantavirus can also be caused by the contact of broken skin with contaminated materials.
As the health insurance company writes, the general hygiene measures should be observed in the living environment and mice should be fought intensively. Food should be stored safely so that the rodents do not even set up at home.
Dead animals and their excrement should be sprayed with disinfectant, only handled with gloves and then disposed of in the household waste in a separate plastic bag. (ad)