hank you for your question.
Dogs and cats are immune to the hantavirus - they don't get infected.
CBSNews Hantavirus ? frequently asked questions
Can pets get hantavirus?
"The good news here is that Fido and Fluffy appear to be immune to
hantavirus. Dogs and cats can?t catch the virus and then bring it home
to you (even if an infected mouse is eaten). Having said that, it
should be noted that if your pets catch and bring home an infected
deer mouse as a present, then you could be at risk. When handling any
rodent remains, rubber gloves and liberal use of disinfectant are
"First, the hantavirus doesn't appear to infect dogs or cats.
But it is present and can become air-borne from the urine or feces of the
contaminated rat. Therefore the cat or dog *could* bear virus on their
paws or fur from playing with their kill (or they could have rubbed it
off during their gleeful roll on the way home). However, rats in traps
that have the hantavirus may urinate within the trap, and you handle it
directly...The recommendations from the paper were negative for traps and
lukewarm for cats/dogs."
Veterninary Technology Zoonotic Diseases
"Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome (HPS) is a rare but dangerous disease
that is carried by mice."
"Dogs and cats do not get the virus, but they could carry an infected rodent home."
JAVMA Zoonosis Update: Hantavirus
"Results of studies in the United States to date do not appear to
indicate that pets are a risk factor for acquiring infection.(18)
Studies of hantavirus in Great Britain indicated that cats
occasionally develop antibodies to hantavirus and a higher percentage
are chronically ill than is the general cat population."
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