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Hantavirus and tularemia: Discussions with two prominent experts

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During the first segment, host Robert Herriman talks to the New Mexico Department of Health’s Public Health Veterinarian, Dr. Paul Ettestad. Dr. Ettestad gave a thorough overview of hantavirus, discussed some of the history of the virus in the US, why hantavirus is more prevalent out west, times of the year when hantavirus peaks and prevention methods.

At the bottom of the hour, I was joined by the Colorado Department of Health Public Health Veterinarian, Dr. Jennifer House. Colorado has seen a spike in both human and animal tularemia in 2014 and Dr. House came on the show to give an overview of tularemia, discuss the spike and the history of tularemia in Coloradoand prevention methods for avoiding tularemia.

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