Amid the Coronavirus pandemic, another virus named Hantavirus takes life in China’s Yunnan province. While the world is still trying to find a cure for Covid-19. Here’s what you should know about the Hantavirus
- What is Hantavirus? What causes it?
- What are the symptoms of Hantavirus?
- Does Hantavirus spread like Coronavirus?
According to China’s Global Times, a man from Yunnan, China has tested positive for Hantavirus on March 23, 2020. As per the reports, the man died while on his way back to Shandong Province for work on a chartered bus. 32 others on the same bus are now going through tests for the potential virus infection.
Global Times broke the news on twitter. Eventually, panicking everyone with the fear of another case of nCovid-19.
What is Hantavirus? What causes it?
According to China’s Centres for Disease Control and Prevention, Hantaviruses are a family of viruses, which spreads mainly by rodents and can cause varied disease syndromes in people worldwide.
In America, the virus is known as ‘New World’ hantavirus and may cause Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome (HPS). Other hantavirus known as ‘Old World’ Hantavirus, is found mostly in Europe and Asia and may cause Hemorrhagic Fever with Renal Syndrome (HFRS).
China’s CDC states that each hantavirus serotype has a specific rodent host species. It is spread to people via an aerosolized virus that is shed in urine, faeces and saliva and less frequently by a bite from an infected host.
Canada’s Public Health Service states that a person if comes in contact with the virus by touching objects or eating food or eating food or saliva which has been released in the air. A rat bite can cause the disease in rare circumstances.
What are the symptoms of Hantavirus?
Hantavirus has a brief incubation period and it can be delivered to a victim over one to eight weeks. The symptoms include Fever, fatigue and muscle ache, nausea, vomiting and diarrhoea.
Large muscle groups like thighs, hips, back and shoulders often ache if someone is infected with hantavirus. In the advance stage, the lungs of the infected person get filled with fluid and the patient has difficulty in breathing.
Does Hantavirus spread like Coronavirus?
Humans can contract hantavirus if they come in contact with rodents that carry the virus. The disease does not transfer from person to person.
Whatever be the case. For your safety and others. Stay at your home and Stay Safe!