Coconino County reports death from hantavirus

Posted at 5:33 AM, Jan 14, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-14 07:33:21-05

Health officials say a Coconino County resident has died from complications of the hantavirus.

The Tuba City Regional Health Care Corporation said Wednesday that the person is a resident of the Navajo Nation. No other identifying information was released.

Hantavirus is transmitted to people who come into contact with or breathe infected urine, droppings or saliva of wild mice, primarily deer mice. It is not spread from person to person.

The illness starts with a fever, headache and muscle aches, and progresses rapidly to severe difficulty in breathing and can be fatal.

Health officials say 16 people in Arizona have died of hantavirus complications since January 2006.

Two of those deaths were in Coconino County.