Hantavirus Test Puts Houston-Area Home Off Limits

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

A home in the Houston suburb of The Woodlands has been placed under quarantine after a daughter of the owner tested positive for hantavirus.

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 lethal disease.

Escott says the woman had fallen ill within the past two weeks and is no longer hospitalized. He says she was among 29 people who cleaned out the cluttered interior of her mother's home. Humans can be infected by inhaling the virus from rodent urine and feces. It can cause flu-like symptoms and has a 36 percent mortality rate.

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