If your doctor suspects you might have hantavirus pulmonary syndrome (HPS) and you have symptoms such as a sudden fever and muscle aches, he or she may ask you the following questions.
Within the past 5 weeks, have you:
If you answer "yes" to any of these questions, you may have come in contact with rodents that carry the virus that causes HPS.
If you have flu-like symptoms, no other signs of HPS (such as severe breathing problems or heart failure), and no risk factors for HPS, no further testing will be done. It is appropriate to monitor your symptoms in case they become worse. Your doctor may send you home with instructions about when to call if your symptoms become worse.
Primary Medical Reviewer E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine
Specialist Medical Reviewer Robert L. Cowie, MB, FCP(SA), MD, MSc, MFOM - Pulmonology
Current as ofJune 4, 2014
Current as of: June 4, 2014
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