A family member accidentaly vacuumed up some mouse droppings, and I was wondering what I should do with the vacuum to prevent the spreading of Hanta virus and similar nasties. It's a shop vacuum with a HEPA filter, and I have already changed the dust bag and the normal air filter. Should I also change the HEPA filter, or is that more than what's needed?
From the Illinois Department of Public Health
I would change all filters, bags etc, clean out all dust that you can, and spray in an amount of liquid disinfectant with the vac running so it dissipates through the system, BEFORE fitting the new filters/bag.
(although you dont specify if this is a vac capable of handling liquids, a little spray disinfectant is unlikely to cause any damage)
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