- Associated Press - Thursday, February 4, 2016

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - Health officials say a 37-year-old Sandoval County woman is hospitalized with hantavirus, making New Mexico’s first case this year.

The state Department of Health says an environmental investigation will be done at the woman’s home to help reduce the risk of others contracting the deadly disease.

Hantavirus is transmitted by infected rodents through urine, droppings or saliva. People also can breathe in the virus.

Health officials say people should seal up cracks in their homes to prevent mice from entering.

New Mexico had one case of hantavirus last year. The 53-year-old Taos County woman survived.

The state had six cases in 2014, three of which were fatal.

New Mexico has had the most hantavirus cases of any state in the country since the virus was discovered in 1993.

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