Effectively getting rid of rodents is the first and best step people can do to avoid the said virus. Early this year, the State Health Department of Oklahoma warned people to be careful with their spring cleaning. Cabins, attics, storage units, and other areas largely left unused over the winter might have provided shelter for infected mice. Simply inhaling contaminated dust from mouse saliva, droppings, and urine can infect a person with pathogens that cause Hantavirus pulmonary syndrome (HPS).
To minimize the chances of infection from a contaminated room, Laurence Burnsed recommends home cleaners to ventilate the area for at least 30 minutes, and then wetting down the area with a mixture of bleach and water to prevent virus-laden dust from being stirred up.