Rare virus claims life of New Mexico woman
According to Live Science, on April 19, 2018, a virus known as Hantavirus claimed the life of 27-year-old Kiley Lane after a three month long battle for her life.
When Kiley first noticed that she was sick in early January, she experienced flu-like symptoms, including nausea, as well as sharp stomach pains. Kiley thought that her sickness was the flu, so she went to the doctor and was tested. The test results came back negative. Kiley was sent home that day with some laxatives for a suspected blockage, but weeks later Kiley returned with shortness of breath. Kiley remained hospitalized for the next three months before passing away in late April.
According to Live Science, "People can become infected with hantavirus when they breathe air contaminated with the virus." When rodents' urine or nesting materials are stirred up, the virus spreads through the air.
"As of January 2017, 728 U.S. cases have been reported and a little more than a third of the patients died from the disease, according to the CDC," according to USA Today.