Published September 09, 2012
A Houston home has been quarantined after a woman developed the potentially deadly hantavirus while helping to clean the residence, MyFoxHouston.com reports.
After the woman tested positive for the disease, the home – which was reportedly filled with debris and rodent urine and feces -- was quarantined and a sheriff's deputy stationed at the address to make sure nobody goes in, according to the station.
The home has been quarantined for more than 24 hours.
"This particular area, it's an extreme case of rodent infestation. There's evidence of rodents, mice, snakes, possums in and around the home, which is not unusual in a hoarding situation because there's so much material. It's impossible to keep it clean and track the rodent population," Dr. Mark Escott, with the Montgomery County Health Department, told MyFoxHouston.com.
The woman, whose identity was not revealed, was helping to clean the home, along with a crew of 29 others who were there filming an episode for the Discovery Channel's "Hoarding: Buried Alive."
The Houston quarantine comes as officials at California’s Yosemite National Park last week doubled the scope of its hantavirus warning to some 22,000 visitors who may have been exposed to the deadly mouse-borne disease as the number of confirmed cases grew to eight and a third death was reported.