Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome: Symptoms & Signs

Medically Reviewed on 7/24/2020

Hantavirus pulmonary syndrome (HPS) is an infection spread by contact with hantavirus-infected droppings or urine from infected rodents, such as the deer mouse. There are a number of hantaviruses.

Signs and symptoms of hantavirus pulmonary syndrome include

Later symptoms include

The symptoms are believed to develop within 1-5 weeks after exposure to the droppings, urine, or saliva of infected rodents. Hantavirus pulmonary syndrome is often fatal, with a mortality (death) rate of 38% of cases.

Cause of hantavirus pulmonary syndrome

A hantavirus infection that progresses to this severe respiratory condition causes hantavirus pulmonary syndrome.

Other hantavirus pulmonary syndrome symptoms and signs


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