Content on this page requires a newer version of Adobe Flash Player.

Get Adobe Flash player

Tuesday, 22 July 2014
Login |  Register 
 
Find Products or Services in your local community
 
KSCB Radio News US National Business Health & Science Political World Sports Top NPR Headlines Sports
Hantavirus Claims Hooker OK Woman.
04/08/2013

Summer is on its way and with it - a stronger chance of coming in contact with Hantavirus.
“Late spring and early summer are the prime seasons for hantavirus, which causes hantavirus pulmonary syndrome (HPS),” according to the Centers for Disease Control. “The virus, carried by deer mice, is passed to people as they begin spring cleaning and outdoor activities like camping and hiking.”
A Hooker woman is the latest victim of Hanatavirus.
“She had a four-day illness - a viral type syndrome with increasing respiratory distress,” said District 26 Coroner Dr. Hubert Peterson of Liberal. “She went to the doctor in Ulysses (Kansas) on the day she died.”
The woman, who authorities identified only as being 50-years-old, died March 19, while visiting her parents’ home in Ulysses.
“When she went to the doctor some tests done showed she had interstitial pnuemonia so her doctor gave her antibiotics,” Peterson said. “The physician there wanted to admit her to the hospital, but she refused. She died about four hours later.”
Peterson, who did the autopsy on the victim, said she “looked normal on the outside” until he began to look closer.
“It was immediately apparent to me what she had once I started the autopsy,” he said. “She had fluid on each side of her lungs. Her lungs were congested and had some edema - a mottled purple red color. Everything else looked normal, however. She most likely would have lived another 30 to 40 years if she hadn’t gotten Hantavirus.”
According to Peterson, the quickness of what happened with the Hooker woman is not unusual.
“She was exposed to the virus, caught it and didn’t go to the doctor in time and she died of it,” he said. “That is what happens to most people.”

© Guymon Daily Herald/Nancy Klecteka
You will need to be logged in to leave a comment.
Please Login

characters left

The posting of advertisements, profanity, or personal attacks is prohibited.
Click here to review our Terms of Use.



MOST VIEWED STORIES
Liberal City Commission Approves Sale of 7th and Western Property, Construction of New Ballfields
Liberal Police Investigate Injury Accident
Arrest Made In Seward County Murder
Third Victim Dies In Plymell Explosion
Polygamous Exiles Worry Some in the Oklahoma Panhandle
Sentencing In Lightning Rod Case In Western Kansas
UPDATE:Sublette Woman Arrested On Child Endangerment Charges
Ashford Shuts Down Dodge City  
Bingo Numbers for Game 6
US 160 To Get Rumble Strips
Click Here For All Stories

LATEST STORIES
Kansas Wheat Harvest 95% Complete
Western Kansas Adjusts To Shrinking Aquifer
Baker Arts Center To Feature A “Let’s Face It” Workshop
UPDATE:Sublette Woman Arrested On Child Endangerment Charges
Bingo Numbers for Game 7
Weekend Rattler Roundup
Arrest Made In Seward County Murder
Milton Wolf To Make Western Kansas Tour
K-27 Project To Start In Greeley County
More One Run Heartache for Bee Jays
Click Here For All Stories
Click Here for KSCB Talk Radio 1270 am
Click Here for B107.5
Click Here for The Legend 102.7
click Here for ozzBlog
Click Here for the Kansas Lottery

©2014 Seward County Broadcasting Company, Inc.
1410 N. Western Ave. Liberal, KS 67901

Emergency Alert System | EEO Public Report Form | The Public and Broadcasting

Powered by Radio Media Group