scouts-l Mail Archive for April of 2000: Hantavirus warning
Rik Bergethon (rberg@RMI.NET
Sat Apr 08 2000 - 08:42:00 CDT
'Tis spring time and the time when many Scouts and Scouters clean out
their camp buildings, getting ready for summer camp. Already this year a
young man (teenager) has died from Hantavirus, the disease borne by
mouse droppings, here in Colorado. Use extra caution when sweeping out a
building that has been closed up all winter, where you can see evidence
mice have lived there. Auntie Beans has helped me with these in the past
and she may either correct me or add to it in her posting.
First, enter the building with a dust mask on, and open all windows and
doors to ventilate the building for one day. If there is no air movement
naturally, use a big fan to blow the air into the building. Vacate the
area while doing this.
Second, enter the building with dust mask on and a spray bottle with a
bleach/water solution (1% solution) and spray all mouse dropping piles.
Either sweep out or vacuum out while the building is open and you have a
dust mask on. Do not raise lots of dust, use the water/bleach solution
to control the dust. If you have one of those big industrial vacuums,
with a long hose, keep the tank outside and just use the hose inside.
The idea here is: the disease is air borne, from the dust and mouse
droppings, so don't raise the dust and breathe the air is a closed up
building. I do not claim to be an expert on hantavirus, just that we
have lost 12 people here in Colorado alone to this disease. So far only
two have survived it and they were diagnosed right away when they
started feeling poorly. Most of the diagnostic confirmations came after
death. The disease is fast. Most have died within two weeks of
I would cross-post this to rec.scouting.usa and other sites, but my
computer locks up every time I go there. You have my permission to
spread this warning to other scouters.