City News Service
SAN DIEGO (CNS) - A brush mouse in Julian tested positive for the potentially deadly hantavirus, authorities said.
County Vector Control officials said they found the mouse during routine monitoring of the area. They've collected multiple mice that have tested positive for the virus in areas of north and east county, including Fallbrook, Bonsall, Boulevard, 4S Ranch, Warner Springs and Potrero, since January.
With each instance, county officials have reminded residents to avoid sweeping or vacuuming rodent droppings, which can kick the virus up into the air. Instead, residents are advised to use so-called "wet cleaning'' methods like a diluted bleach spray, disinfectants or a sponge and a mop to clean up wild rodent matter like urine, feces and saliva. Cleansed areas s