2019, a Hanta shows-Virus-year: map, where a lot of infections

2019, a Hanta shows-Virus-year: map, where a lot of infections


Dusty sheds, garages or forest huts: Where redness lmäuse feel good, it can also lurk the Hanta-Virus. According to experts, could be infected this year, especially a lot of people. You can see which regions are affected.

Beware of bird’s eye! In several regions of Germany you could get it up to date with the so-called Hanta-Virus. The consequence of fever, Nausea, or headache.

“2019 is quite clearly a breakout year,” says Mirko Faber, a scientist at the Robert Koch-Institute in Berlin (RKI). Since January, the Institute reported good 460 cases. Especially Faber are affected, according to

  • the area of Osnabrück
  • the münsterland
  • the East Hesse
  • the West of Thuringia
  • Lower Franconia
  • the area of Stuttgart
  • the Swabian Alb
  • the Bavarian forest , Getty Images/opico/FOL In the selected areas, experts expect this year a lot of infections with the Hantavirus.

Infections occurred most recently in 2012, the most frequently

The current outbreak is but so far not with the strong Hanta-Virus 2012 is comparable, says Faber. At the time, throughout the year, the previous record value of around 2800 infections were registered in the same period, more than 1100 cases. In other years, a year less and less people became ill nationwide, as of date within six months, in 2018, for example, only 235.

Strong fluctuations from year to year during the Hanta-Virus, because the probability of a contagion with the density depends on the infected Rötelmäusen together. “Many people become infected if there are many infected Rötelmäuse,” explains Faber. In particular, in the years in which Book especially a lot of fruits, get the mouse populations by the large amount of feed a boost.

Since many of those Affected do not suggest the symptoms of a disease correctly, could be much more people from the Hanta-Virus than the official Numbers show. Signs include fever, head and body aches.

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The Hanta Virus is transmitted by animal-to-human

In Germany Rötelmäuse (also woodland vole called) are regarded as the main source of infection for the Hanta-Virus. The animals transmitted the Virus

  • Feces
  • Saliva
  • Urine

Often people get the dust disintegrated feces inhalation, for example in the cleaning or Sweeping of garages or sheds.

To include occupational groups with a certain risk about foresters, hunters, and construction workers, Faber stresses. But also in the leisure, there are risks: protective and BBQ huts in the forest, for example, are also popular in the mice, where you could infect yourself. Reuters/Kimmo Taskinen/STT-Lehtikuva/ Inhalation of dust ruined the feces of Rötelmäusen is considered to be the main source of infection in Germany for the Hantavirus.

Hanta-Virus infection triggers fever and vomiting

Infections with Hanta-Virus a is the cause of most diseases with flu-like symptoms: high fever, head and limb pain, also Nausea or vomiting. The kidneys can be affected, up to acute renal failure. Until the first symptoms show, it usually takes two to four weeks.

Outside of Germany, there are also types of the Virus, which can cause more serious diseases. A vaccination, however, there are not. A doctor can only prescribe drugs for the symptoms.