Hantavirus Suspected In Death Of Belmont Stable Employee

An unnamed stable employee at Belmont Park is believed to have died from contracting the rare rodent-borne hantavirus, according to the Associated Press.

Health department officials said the stable employee was found unconscious outside the backstretch dorms on June 1, and later died in the hospital on June 6. An investigation suggested that hantavirus was the culprit in the stable employee’s death.

Hantavirus is not transmitted from person to person, but rather people become infected when breathing in rodent droppings. The New York Racing Association stated that it plans to “overhaul its pest control practices.”

Read more at the Associated Press.

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