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.
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.


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