Deer Mouse (Peromyscus maniculatus)
This little guy here, unfortunately, is the most threatening vector of hantavirus in the United States. Four Corners hantavirus (or FCV) is a very real danger here in New Mexico where I live, particularly in rural areas. The virus is contracted when humans breathe in dried mouse droppings or urine that have been aerosolized, or released into the air. You’re advised to take great precaution in cleaning areas where rodents have been—no sweeping or vacuuming, just wet-mopping and wiping!—and in disposing of dead rodents. Here’s the CDC’s hantavirus website.
This deer mouse means The Daily Mammal is all caught up again!