Hantavirus: Following the deadly coronavirus outbreak in China’s Wuhan Province, there is another deadly virus, which is spreading panic among Yunnan province residents, who died after testing positive of a hantavirus.
According to China’s Global Times, he was traveling to Shandong Province by bus when he died. There are about 32 people on the same bus, who are being tested.
What is a Hantavirus
According to China’s Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, “hantaviruses are a family of viruses that are mainly transmitted by rodents and cause a wide variety of disease syndromes in people around the world. Any hantavirus infection causes hantavirus in people. Hantaviruses in America are called “New World” hantaviruses and can cause hantavirus pulmonary syndrome (HPS). Other hantaviruses, known as “Old World” hantaviruses, are most commonly found in Europe and Asia and can cause bleeding fever with kidney syndrome (HFRS). “
Reports indicate that the 12-year-old died of an infection with a hantavirus tested in Mumbai in 2016.
What causes Hantavirus
China’s CDC says: “Each hantavirus serotype has a specific rodent host species and can be spread to the public through an aerosolized virus, which spills into the urine, feces and saliva and is less frequently bitten by the infected host. The most common hantavirus to cause HPS in the United States is the Sin Nombre virus, which is spread by deer mice. “
In addition, Canada’s Public Health Service states that the disease is caused by “inhaling virus particles from the urine, droplets, or saliva of rodents.” The disease occurs when a person comes into contact with a virus by touching objects or by eating food or saliva released in the air. It is claimed that rat bites cause the disease in rare circumstances.
What are the symptoms of Hantavirus
Hantavirus has a brief incubation period and can be transmitted to the victim for more than one to eight weeks.
Symptoms include: fever, fatigue and muscle pain
Large muscle groups such as the thighs, hips, back and shoulders are often painful when someone is infected with hantavirus.
Other symptoms include body chills, abdominal pain, headache, dizziness, nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea.
At an early stage, the infected person’s sarcoma is filled with fluid and the victim has difficulty breathing.
How Hantavirus spreads
The disease does not reach from person to person.
Hantavirus can be infected when humans come into contact with mice carrying the virus.
Once someone has touched their eyes, nose, or mouth, they may contract it after touching rats, urine, or nesting material.