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Illness that killed 2 in Pulaski may be hantavirus
Posted: Friday, April 25, 2014 9:53 pm | Updated: 12:42 pm, Sat Apr 26, 2014.
Illness that killed 2 in Pulaski may be hantavirus The Roanoke Times
ROANOKE Two people in Pulaski County died Friday and four were hospitalized after an unidentified illness.
The Virginia Department of Health said the illness occurred among a small group of people ? limited to one family of five and a close friend.
Josh Tolbert, the emergency management coordinator for Pulaski, said the illness could be hantavirus, which can progress to hantavirus pulmonary syndrome, which can be fatal. People become infected through contact with hantavirus-infected rodents or their urine or droppings.
Health Department officials are investigating other illnesses as well.
County officials had a conference Friday with the Health Department and the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Officials are encouraging people to remain calm.
The Department of Health said there is "absolutely no indication of person-to-person transmission. At this point in the investigation there is no indication of any public health risk."
Tolbert and Pulaski Sheriff Jim Davis said the sick family is from Snowville and certain areas were secured and blocked off by police, including where the family lived.
Tolbert said the family had been cleaning out a long-vacated mobile home near their residence. He also said the family dumped materials in a container at a nearby dump site and that container has been taken away.