For the first time since 2001, Oklahoma has recorded a death from hantavirus. The State Health Department says the death occurred in a Texas County resident and is only the third case confirmed in the state since hantavirus was first recognized in the United States in 1993. Hantavirus is carried by wild rodents, particularly deer mice in Oklahoma. Infected rodents shed the virus in their droppings. The virus is transmitted to people when they breathe air contaminated with the virus. Health officials say people should be cautious when cleaning out vacant cabins, barns and outbuildings that may be home to the infected rodents.