Saturday, May 6, 2017

Hantavirus Fatality in Tri-Cities Area

A young woman, Shannon Davis, 24 years old and a mother of three, has died from hantavirus in the Tri-Cities area of Eastern Washington. This was the fourth case of hantavirus in a five month span in Washington state and it brings the fatality rate back to 50%.

Details are not yet available, but this reinforces the evidence for an increased risk for hantavirus exposure this year. Year-by-year spikes in numbers of cases are common, even on a national basis, for reasons both known, and unknown.

More can be learned in this piece in Outbreak News. http://outbreaknewstoday.com/hantavirus-washington-reports-4th-case-six-months-68684/
This post will be updated as information about the local ecosystem in that area of Franklin county are obtained.

My deepest condolences to Shannon Davis' family and loved ones.

_ Mark@hantasite.com

No comments: