The recent news of the death of a man in China due to Hantavirus has alarmed the people who are already facing the wrath of pandemic coronavirus. The world is still grappling to find a solution to the COVID-19 pandemic, and another outbreak could annihilate the world’s population.
But experts clarified that hantavirus is different from COVID-19. However, more details about China man who lost his life to hantavirus was revealed in a report.
As per a media report, the man, only known by his surname, Tian, was on his way to Shandong in the eastern part of China to work. He began feeling unwell and was immediately sent to a hospital located in Ningshan county in Shannxi Province.
The initial report suggested that he died on the bus and was tested positive for Hantavirus. However, the site now reports that the patient died in the hospital.
The first report on Monday claimed that 32 passengers on the same bus where the patient died were also screened for Hantavirus, but today’s report from the same site claims that 29 fellow passengers were tested with pending results. All of them were tested for COVID-19 and came back negative, the site adds.
Here’s if you need to be worried of Hantavirus
The report triggered fears and speculations, considering that the COVID-19 pandemic is thought to have begun from a germ transferring from an animal to a human being before it reached other countries all over the world.
But, unlike COVID-19, there is an extremely rare chance that people could get the virus, according to the CDC. Although there were cases reported in the past, most of these happened to people with close contact with the urine, faeces, or bitten by an infected rodent.
Wuhan University Virologist Yang Zhanqui said that “there is no need to worry about the hantavirus.” He told Newsweek that “Hantavirus disease is preventable and controllable and there are vaccines to prevent it. Its incidence in urban cities is very low as the disease is mainly found in rural villages where rats tend to appear when people are working in the field.”
yang added that “Hantavirus disease is preventable and controllable and there are vaccines to prevent it. Its incidence in urban cities is very low as the disease is mainly found in rural villages where rats tend to appear when people are working in the field.”