The Norman Transcript

Headlines

April 25, 2013

Officials stress spring caution

NORMAN — For the first time since 2001, Oklahoma has recorded a death from hantavirus pulmonary syndrome. The death of a Texas County resident is the third case confirmed in the state since hantavirus was first recognized in the U.S. in 1993.

Hantavirus is carried by wild rodents, particularly deer mice in Oklahoma. Infected rodents do not show signs of illness but shed the virus in their urine, droppings and saliva. The virus is transmitted to people when they breathe in air contaminated with the virus, usually when dried rodent urine, droppings or nesting materials are stirred up. People also can become infected by touching the mouth or nose after handling contaminated materials, or through a bite from an infected rodent.

As the weather warms and persons begin cleaning out vacant cabins or other dwellings, barns and outbuildings, they may disturb rodent infestations, putting them at risk for hantavirus. Symptoms usually appear within two weeks of exposure to the virus, but can appear as early as three days to as late as six weeks after infection. Early symptoms include fever, chills, headache, cough and body aches. Nausea, vomiting and diarrhea also may be present. As the disease progresses, the lungs fill with fluid, making breathing very difficult. Any person involved in the activities described above and experiencing these symptoms, should contact their health care provider.

The key to preventing hantavirus is to avoid contact with rodents or rodent waste. To clean up areas contaminated with rodent waste, follow these steps.

· Ventilate areas inside closed buildings at least 30 minutes.

· Use rubber gloves and spray the nest, dead rodents, or droppings until soaked with a household disinfectant solution of 1 1/2 cups of bleach in 1 gallon of water.

· Remove the nest or rodent(s) using a long-handled shovel or rubber gloves.

· Double-bag and dispose in trash. Persons in rural areas may bury the waste 2 to 3 feet deep.

Text Only | Photo Reprints
Headlines
  • Norman firefighter performs Heimlich maneuver on Moore man after he chokes on food

    What started out as a normal night out for a Moore couple ended with them being thankful a firefighter was in the right place at the right time....

    July 22, 2014

  • Common Core repeal has state teachers worried about instruction

    OKLAHOMA CITY — With the Legislature’s repeal of tough, new English and math standards known as Common Core, education leaders said they’re concerned Oklahoma students will fall further behind their counterparts in more than 40 states ...

    July 22, 2014

  • 18-year-old killed; 72-year-old man, young boy injured

    Those involved in the wreck Friday near 136th Avenue and South Sooner Road were identified Monday by Oklahoma City police. Logan Rosado-Santoni, 18, was pronounced dead on the scene after the 4:30 p.m. multi-vehicle wreck. Two others were ...

    July 22, 2014

  • New AP program to begin in Norman

    NORMAN — Norman Public Schools Board of Education learned about Advanced Placement Capstone at a regular board meeting Monday....

    July 22, 2014

  • Rebels release train with bodies from jet

    HRABOVE, Ukraine — Bowing to international pressure, pro-Moscow separatists released a train packed with bodies and handed over the black boxes from the downed Malaysia Airlines plane, four days after it plunged into rebel-held eastern ...

    July 22, 2014

  • Gaza death toll passes 560

    GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — A high-level attempt by the U.N. chief and the U.S. secretary of state to end deadly Israel-Hamas fighting was off to a rough start Monday: Gaza’s Hamas rulers signaled they won’t agree to an unconditional ...

    July 22, 2014

  • Moore City Council paves way for Sam’s Club location

    MOORE — The Moore City Council approved a $5 million bond Tuesday to be repaid with sales tax and utility revenues. “A good amount of street improvements needs to be done,” Moore City Manager Steve Eddy said. “This will be paid for with ...

    July 22, 2014

  • Perry sending Guard troops to border

    AUSTIN, Texas — Gov. Rick Perry is deploying up to 1,000 National Guard troops to the Texas-Mexico border over the next month to combat what he said Monday were criminals exploiting a surge of children pouring into the U.S. illegally. ...

    July 22, 2014

  • Better weather to aid in fire fight

    SPOKANE, Wash. — Calmer winds and cooler temperatures were allowing firefighters to go on the offensive Monday against a destructive wildfire that has charred hundreds of square miles of terrain in Washington State and is the largest in ...

    July 22, 2014

  • Gay, transgender workers gain U.S. bias protection

    WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama on Monday ordered employment protection for gay and transgender employees who work for the federal government or for companies holding federal contracts, telling advocates he embraced the “irrefutable ...

    July 22, 2014