New Mexico Woman Dies of Rare Rodent-Borne Hantavirus

A 27-year-old New Mexico woman has died of Hantavirus, a rare illness that's contracted through contact with the urine or droppings of infected rodents.

Kiley Lane tested positive in early February for Hantavirus and was treated at the University of New Mexico Hospital, but died April 18, CBS New reported.

Lane's mother Julie Barron said she does not know how her daughter contracted the disease.

As of January 2017, a total of 728 cases of Hantavirus infection had been reported in the U.S., including 248 deaths in the past 25 years, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The disease is most common in The West and especially in Colorado, Arizona and New Mexico, where the deer mouse is a common carrier of the virus, CBS News reported.

Early symptoms include fatigue, fever and muscle aches, and some people also develop headaches, dizziness, chills, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and abdominal pain.

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