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The Hanta Virus The hanta virus is not a new foe to humanity This mysterious and sometimes fatal disease has plagued humanity for over 1000 years This virus most likely originating in China over 1000 years ago is transmitted by human contact with mice Only relatively recently has the hanta virus captured the attention of the United States Although the hanta virus has been known for such a long time there is little known about the virus In the United States most cases are found in the southwestern part of the country although cases have been reported from all four corners of the country Recently there have been successful tests done on prospective vaccines for the hanta virus Despite this strains of the hanta virus kill many people a year for lack of an effective medicine or vaccine wwwpharminfocom The hanta virus can be found in the North America South America Europe and Asia In North America most cases are found in the United States wwwpharminfocom Most of the cases of hanta virus in the United States occur in the Four Corners region This is a reference to the area in which Arizona New Mexico Utah and Colorado meet As of March 17 1997 there were 26 states that had confirmed cases of the hanta virus wwwbepestfreecom In South America cases can be found in Argentina wwwlatinolinkcom The European cases mostly originated in Scandinavia western Europe and the Balkan mountains The strain of the hanta virus found here is comparatively mild symptoms In Asia the hanta virus is primarily found in China Korea and the eastern part of the former Soviet Union The symptoms of this strain of the hanta virus are more severe wwwpharminfocom There are as of March 1997 four different strains of the hanta virus that have been identified wwwbepestfreecom The hanta virus is usually transmitted by a species of mice commonly known as deer mice or Peromyscus maniculatis The mice
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