While the world is still fighting with the pandemic coronavirus outbreak, a man from China’s Yunnan province tested positive for Hantavirus on Monday. He died while on his way back to Shandong Province for work on a chartered bus, as reported in China’s Global Times.
Following his death, hantavirus started to trend on social media with people panicking that it was another COVID-19 ready to cause a new pandemic.
However, contrary to the beliefs going on, here’s everything about Hantavirus.
Humans who contract the hantavirus usually come into contact with rodents that carry the virus. “Rodent infestation in and around the home remains the primary risk for hantavirus exposure. Even healthy individuals are at risk for HPS infection if exposed to the virus,” Centre for Disease Control and Prevention said in its website.
Although HPS can’t be passed on from person to person, it can be contracted if someone touches their eyes, nose or mouth after touching rodent droppings, urine, or nesting materials, states Centers for Disease Control and Prevention fact sheet.
Symptoms of Hantavirus
Among the early symptoms of the virus include fever, headache, muscle ache, abdominal pain, dizziness, chills and abdominal problems, such as nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea. About half of all HPS patients experience these symptoms.
Late symptoms include lungs fill with fluid and shortness of breath.