How to Prevent Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome (HPS)

What is Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome (HPS)?

Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome (HPS) is a serious, in some cases lethal, respiratory disease in humans caused by infection with hantaviruses.

Any person who comes into contact with rodents that carry hantavirus can suffer from HPS. The presence of rodents in and around the home or workplaces is a major risk to Hantavirus exposure.


Early HPS symptoms include fatigue, fever and muscle aches, headaches, dizziness, chills, and abdominal problems.

Four to ten days after the initial phase of illness, the late symptoms of HPS appear. These include coughing and shortness of breath,

How to prevent Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome (HPS)?

  1. Avoid or reduce contact with rodents at your home and workplace.
  2. Seal up holes and gaps at your home and workplace.
  3. Place traps in and around your home to decrease rodent infestation.
  4. Avoid putting food items in the reach of rodents.
  5. Keep your surroundings always clean.