BAILEY, Colo. (KDVR) – Sue Ryan feels fortunate to have survived several hospital visits in October. Ryan has some symptoms that overlap with COVID-19, but is eventually diagnosed with hantavirus – an extreme illness. rare and often fatal.
“I have a high fever, a headache,”; Ryan said.
Ryan said her symptoms began a few days after a hike and camping on the Colorado Trail. She did a COVID-19 test, which was negative when her symptoms got worse.
“I have hypoxia. I went to the hospital, assumed I had COVID, but was… negative, ”Ryan said.
After a second trip to the hospital, medical specialists examined several effects and examined the imaging before the pulmonologist confirmed Ryan’s diagnosis as a rare hantavirus.
“I have fluid around my lungs, fluid around my heart,” Ryan said. “Because it’s so rare, I was blown away. I really got this disease and didn’t die ”.
According to the CDC, the hantavirus is spread through the air by the rat feces or fluids.
Health experts don’t know where Ryan got the hantavirus from, but Ryan wants others to know that the disease exists in Colorado.
“It might not be a COVID,” Ryan said. “If you’ve ever been around mice, tell your doctor about the event.”
Symptoms of the hantavirus can include fatigue, fever, body aches, and stomach problems, the CDC says. According to UCHealth, there have been 151 cases in Colorado since 1993.
“I am very grateful to the doctors and our medical system for finding this out,” Ryan said. “I feel lucky to be on the green side. That’s what I feel.
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