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This page created 7/9/98
In 1993, the discovery of the Haunta Virus
was made, with 158 cases being reported in 1997. At this time there
is four different strains of the Haunta Virus, and there has been cases
of the disease reported in twenty-six (26) different states.
The greatest activity of the Haunta Virus
is when the temperature is between 45 and 72 degree range, and can also
be called haunta virus pulmonary syndrome.
The Haunta Virus is an air born virus, that
is spread by way of the urine and feces of the infected rodents.
The disturbance of the feces, burrows, working
in mice infested buildings, or even outdoors in heavy rodent populated
areas. When the Haunta Virus is exposed to direct sunlight, it will
The virus is believed to be carried by the
deer mice, the cotton rat, the white footed mice, and maybe even the rice
mice; and it was first thought to be a four corners disease, but it is
now known that it is in over half the states in the United States.
The Haunta Virus has been found in all of the western states including
Washington, as well as in many eastern states, and also in to the southern
part of Canada.
The Haunta Virus DOES
NOT discriminate against the people that
are infected: not race, age, or sex is its preference.
The Following Precautions should be taken
when dealing with this virus:
1. Buildings that have been closed up
should be aired out before entering.
2. Check buildings and repair any access
that rodents have for getting into the buildings.
3. Trapping or eradicating the mice
with a good mouser such as a Rat Terrier dog is essential.
4. Disinfect the areas with bleach or
other good disinfectants before cleaning, to help prevent the inhalation
of the virus.
5. The use of a respirator with a HEPA
rated filter while cleaning to prevent inhaling the virus will help as
6. Dispose of any dead rodents, their
droppings, and bedding in a sealed plastic bag.
One can become infected by inhaling the virus,
but it can also be spread by a bite from an infected rodent, or even by
getting saliva into an open sore on your body.
The Haunta Virus is believed to be a distant
cousin of the ebola virus, and the ebola virus has been one of the causes
of diseases in countries like China for years.
Haunta Virus starts as flu like symptoms,
followed by respiratory failure, and can cause kidney disease as well.
When one gets the Haunta Virus, it starts out as if it were the flu, and
one will have a fever and the chills with muscle aches, and headaches,
nausea with vomiting, the onset of a general weakness, feeling of poor
health, and disorientation. One may also have a dry, non-productive,
hacking cough. In younger people, they may have higher fevers than
do the older people, and during the course of the disease the person may
begin to feel better, only to be followed by an increased respiratory rate
with a seepage of fluid into the lungs. The onset of shortness of
breath may not be noticed at first, but due to its rapid progress, the
person will begin to bleed internally and then respiratory failure sets
in and may eventually kill the person.
Some of the Haunta Virus symptoms are as follows,
and there may be others that have not been release to the public as of
1. Muscle aches and fever,
6. Abdominal pain,
7. Dry, non-productive coughing
The HAUNTA VIRUS
does KILL, and any one who thinks that they may have the virus should see
their doctor immediately. Since there is no known treatment for the
Haunta Virus as of yet today, even with the intensive therapy of today,
more than 50% of the cases are fatal.
Many tests help in the diagnoses of the Haunta
Virus, one will check the white count to see if it is elevate, Platelet
count should also be taken to see if the count is less than 150,000 and
if a decrease shows up. Chest x-rays may show interstitial infiltrates,
and checking the liver enzymes will determine if the LDH is elevated.
Watching to see if there is a decrease of the serum albumin, and the increase
of the hematocrit with a showing of hemoconcentration. Also, the
serological testing for the Haunta Virus should be done.
The treatment for the Haunta Virus should
be done in a hospital due to the rapid progress of breathing problems that
lead to so many of the deaths associated with this disease. Use of
oxygen therapy with a close monitoring of blood gasses and in very severe
cases it maybe necessary to use an endotracheal tube and ventilator therapy.
The complications of cardiorespiratory failure often leads to death.
The ribavirin therapy is still experimental
at this time.
For your health, your family's health, and
for every ones well being, the eradication of the rodents that may carry
the Haunta Virus, is of the utmost importance, and to aid in the
eradication of this deadly virus the Rat Terrier dog is one of the best
and most humane methods around.
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