Please, please, please talk me down.
We have recently noticed mice hanging about our abode. They have been helping themselves to free tours of our kitchen, leaving behind poop and we have trapped two so far. Of course, all of that is concerning enough, but we are having some work done in our basement, a place where we seldom go. We went down there the other day to clean up in preparation for the workers, and we discovered a disconcerting amount of mouse poop, like really vile amounts. The little effers have been having a good old time climbing all over storage shelves, old baby gear, you name it, they've pooped on it. It just so happens that I recently learned about hantavirus, so the timing really is impeccable.
I have been slowly working my way through the poop. A small amount of it I swept up which I have since learned is a no-no. But tonight is the kicker. I noticed some poop on this pack n play carrying case that we had up on a top shelf. I doused the poop that I saw with bleach and let it sit for 10 minutes, but I didn't wet the entire case. When I went to pull it down to put in a garbage bag, I felt like a wind or dust waft by my nose. I have a cold and I am really not on my A-game and have no idea why I was so cavalier about pulling something I couldn't see the top of down by my face. But, there it is. Now I am flipping out that I just directly inhaled hantavirus.
I started blowing my nose like a madwoman about 5 minutes after I did this, but can you really blow out hantavirus???
I am an intermittent hypochondriac-- in the past it's mostly been cancer (for which I have had several skin biopsies and one breast biopsy for suspicious lumps and bumps, all benign), but I also had this CRAZY rabies paranoia after I touched some water that might or might not have been drunk by a raccoon, gulp. My husband is REALLY sick of my obsessive thoughts about incredibly rare diseases transmitted by wildlife, but I know I am going to fixate on this until I either pass the incubation period unscathed or die
The facts in my favor- there has never been a recorded case of hantavirus in my state, only 6 % of mice are infected, that poop could be really old and past the time when the virus could live on the poop or in the air, I don't even know what if anything I inhaled.
The facts not in my favor- I inhaled air that was near mouse poop. GASP.
HELP ME, I beg.