BANGOR, Maine (AP) — Maine health officials say the first case of a potentially fatal respiratory condition spread by the common house mouse has been diagnosed in the state.

Officials say the case reported last month in Somerset County was in a man in his 70s. He is recovering.

Officials say hantavirus pulmonary syndrome comes on quickly and there is no effective vaccine or cure. It has a fatality rate of 30 percent to 40 percent.

But state epidemiologist Dr. Stephen Sears says people needn’t be overly concerned.

Sears says people need to clean up areas that include mice and other rodents.

The most common form of transmission is airborne particles. Sears tells the Bangor Daily News people should wet down mousy areas before cleaning.

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