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# Posted: 29 Jan 2010 19:25

Hi... I recently bought a little 25x20 cabin in WNY southern tier. The place has sat un-used for about 5 yrs...other than the owner coming a couple times a yr. to cut the grass around the cabin. Got the place with almost 6 acres for a steal and the cabin structure is solid. The clean up comes inside. Due to the length of time w/out attention, except from the mice and racoons, I need to gut the place and give it a clean out. There is mice droppings and raccoon droppings all over and I have since, or so I think, closed up most of the obvious access points. I hear a bleach/water combo, spray first and clean up is a way to get rid of the smell. I also was told to drop some flea/tick boms inside and set them off. Does anyone have any other ideas to get rig of the smell and clean the joint out? I'm going to replace all the wiring as some appears to have been chewed and going to take down all paneling and ceilings. I'm there on occasional weekends now until spring, but would like to get a jump on the scrub down. Thanks and I appreciate any advise.

# Posted: 31 Jan 2010 17:48

Wear a good dust mask when cleaning out the mouse poo...hantavirus


Hantavirus has probably caused people to get sick for years in the United States, but it was not recognized until recently.

In 1993 there was an outbreak of fatal respiratory illness on an Indian reservation at the border of Utah, Colorado, New Mexico, and Arizona. Researchers discovered that hantavirus caused the epidemic. Since that discovery, hantavirus disease has been reported in every western state, and in many eastern states.

Hantavirus is carried by rodents, especially deer mice. The virus is in their urine and feces, but it does not make the carrier animal sick. Humans are thought to become infected when they are exposed to contaminated dust from mice nests or droppings.

The disease is not passed between humans. People may encounter contaminated dust when cleaning long-empty homes, sheds, or other enclosed areas.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported that rodents carrying hantavirus have been found in at least twenty national parks. The CDC says it is possible that the virus is in all of the parks.

The CDC suspects that campers and hikers may be more likely to catch the disease than most people. This is because they pitch tents on the forest floor and lay their sleeping bags down in musty cabins.

So far, however, only a couple of cases have been directly linked to camping or hiking. Most people who are exposed to the virus have come in contact with rodent droppings in their own homes.

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