Who Is Affected by Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome (HPS)
- HPS affects both genders, although males are at a higher risk of developing the illness (63% male and 37% female).
- 78% of the people with HPS have been white, 18% have been American Indian, 2% have been African American, and 1% have been Asian.
Although the majority of HPS cases occur in the southwestern United States, cases have been reported in 33 states. 1 Most people who develop HPS either live in rural areas or have visited rural areas during the 4 weeks before symptoms of the illness appear.
Other countries also have had confirmed cases of HPS, including: 2
- Canada, mainly in the western provinces.
- South American countries Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay, Paraguay, Chile, and Bolivia.
- National Center for Infectious Diseases, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (2007). Case information: Hantavirus pulmonary syndrome case count and descriptive statistics. All About Hantaviruses . Available online: http://www.cdc.gov/ncidod/diseases/hanta/hps/noframes/caseinfo.htm.
- World Health Organization (2004). Number of Cases of Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome (HPS) (Region of the Americas, 1993–2004) . Available online: http://www.paho.org/common/Display.asp?Lang=E&RecID=1971.
Last Revised: February 22, 2012
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