Through July 5, 2011, 572 cases of
hantavirus pulmonary syndrome (HPS) had been reported
in the United States.1
Although the majority of HPS cases occur in the southwestern
United States, cases have been reported in 33 states.1
Most people who develop HPS either live in rural areas or have visited rural
areas during the 4 weeks before symptoms of the illness appear.
countries also have had confirmed cases of HPS, including:2
CitationsNational Center for Infectious Diseases, Centers for
Disease Control and Prevention (2007). Case information: Hantavirus pulmonary
syndrome case count and descriptive statistics. All About Hantaviruses. Available online:
http://www.cdc.gov/ncidod/diseases/hanta/hps/noframes/caseinfo.htm.World Health Organization (2004). Number of Cases of Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome (HPS) (Region of the Americas, 1993–2004). Available online: http://www.paho.org/common/Display.asp?Lang=E&RecID=1971.
February 22, 2012
E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine & Robert L. Cowie, MB, FCP(SA), MD, MSc, MFOM - Pulmonology
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