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Navajo Girl Dies From Hantavirus


A 17-year-old Cameron girl is the first victim of the Hantavirus on the Navajo Nation in 2016.

The death was confirmed by the Navajo Department of Health and the Navajo Epidemiology Center on January 19.

Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome is a rare – but potentially fatal – disease, according to the Centers for Disease Control.

“The disease is not known to be passed from person to person,” said Del Yazzie, an epidemiologist with the Navajo Epidemiology Center. “It’s only through rodent droppings, urine.”


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