TLC, The Learning Channel, planned to feature a home in The Woodlands, Texas, on a future episode of Hoarders: Buried Alive. But now, 29 people who helped the homeowner clean up her life are facing a health scare.
TLC, The Learning Channel, planned to feature a home in The Woodlands, Texas, on a future episode of Hoarders: Buried Alive.
But now, 29 people who helped the homeowner clean up her life are facing a health scare.
A woman contracted Hantavirus while cleaning out the home -- something that only comes from rodents or their excrement.
"It can be fatal, in fact the mortality rates over the past 20 years have ranged from about 20 percent up to 50 percent," said Dr. Mark Escott, the medical director of Montgomery County's Health Department.
Dr. Escott said the symptoms of this virus are similar to the flu -- and there is no cure.
"Over the past 20 years, there have only been a few dozen cases in Texas, about 600 nationwide. There has never been a case in Montgomery County" he said.
Since it cannot be spread from person to person, neighbors are not worried.
At the same time, neighbors said they are not surprised about the home it came from.
Doctors say it's possible others may still be infected.
Symptoms can take up to six weeks to show and the cleanup began in late August.
Right now, no one is allowed inside the home.
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