Instead, the virus is found in the urine, saliva and droppings of infected deer mice.
Investigators did not find evidence of rodents when they inspecting the individual’s residence near East Colfax Avenue and High Street so are unsure where the disease was contracted, Jones said.
The individual has not left the county, though, so investigators know it was picked up somewhere in Denver, Jones said.
In 1993, the first time the hantavirus was diagnosed in Denver and when the city and county started tracking the disease, the person who contracted the virus had previously visited the Four Corners region, Jones said.
Humans become infected when breathing in the virus after stirring up dust from mouse nests or mouse droppings in areas with poor ventilation.