Hantavirus found in Texas hoarder's home featured on TLC show
The house was recently the scene of the taping of the TLC cable channel's reality program "Hoarding: Buried Alive." Dr. Mark Escott of the Montgomery County Health Department says officials learned Friday that the daughter of the homeowner tested positive for the non-contagious but potentially deadly virus.
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Escott says the woman had fallen ill within the past two weeks and is no longer hospitalized. He says the daughter was among 29 people who cleaned out the cluttered interior of her mother's home.
Humans can be infected with hantavirus by inhaling the virus from rodent urine and feces. It can cause flu-like symptoms and has a 36 percent mortality rate. Even healthy individuals are at risk for the pulmonary infection if exposed to the virus, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
"There have been times when it has been clean," neighbor Maria Celaya told CBS affiliate KHOU in Houston of the property. "And then six months would go by and those weeds were taller than us."
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The CDC has more on hantavirus.
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