A rare and dangerous illness has claimed
the life of a Northern Arizonan.
Coconino County health officials say a woman from the Flagstaff area has
died from complications of hantavirus, which is spread by infected urine,
droppings, and/or saliva of wild rodents. It can’t be spread by people.
starts with fever, headache, and muscle aches, and quickly makes it extremely
difficult to breathe.
The last reported case in Coconino County
was in 2007. That person eventually recovered.
Health officials say there have
now been 22 confirmed hantavirus cases in Arizona since 2006, and 11 of those victims
died. They say it's still unclear how the Flagstaff
woman contracted the rare disease.