- Associated Press - Tuesday, May 17, 2016

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - State health officials say a 30-year-old man from San Juan County has died of hantavirus.

New Mexico Department of Health officials also announced Tuesday that an 84-year-old man from Santa Fe County currently is hospitalized with hantavirus.

It’s the third and fourth cases of hantavirus in New Mexico this year.

An environmental investigation will be conducted at each patient’s home to help reduce the risk to others.

Hantavirus is a deadly disease transmitted by infected rodents through urine, droppings or saliva.

Authorities say the deer mouse is the main carrier for the hantavirus strain found in New Mexico.

The other hantavirus cases in the state this year include a 54-year-old Cibola County man and a 37-year-old Sandoval County woman.

Authorities say the man died last month while the woman recovered.

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