Man recounts nearly fatal case of hantavirus in Taos County

Mark Fratrick was cleaning out two sheds on his properties in Taos County this summer when he took a breath that nearly killed him.

Either through a surgical mask he wore as a precaution, or when he might have lapsed and taken it off, Fratrick inhaled one or more viral particles that would gradually open the capillaries surrounding his lungs, allowing them to fill with fluid.

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