China Releases Coronavirus Plus; Calls It Hantavirus Here’s All You Need To Know
Even as the coronavirus outbreak takes the world by storm, a number of new diseases are also rearing their ugly heads on the horizon and it’s getting scary as the days go by.
Now, a man from China has tested positive for hantavirus.
China’s Global Times tweeted a while ago that a man who tested positive for the new Hantavirus from Yunnan Province died while on his way back to Shandong Province for work on a bus on Monday.
The tweet also added that the other 32 other people on the bus were also tested for the virus.
What Is Hantavirus?
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), hantaviruses are a family of viruses that are spread mainly by rodents and can cause varied diseases in people.
It can cause hantavirus pulmonary syndrome (HPS) and hemorrhagic fever with renal syndrome (HFRS). The disease is not airborne and can only spread to people if they come in contact with urine, feces, and saliva of rodents and less frequently by a bite from an infected host.
Symptoms Of Hantavirus
Early symptoms of HPS include fatigue, fever, and muscle aches, along with headaches, dizziness, chills and abdominal problems. If left untreated, it can lead to coughing and shortness of breath and can be fatal, with a mortality rate of 38 percent, according to CDC.
While the initial symptoms of HFRS too remain the same, it can cause low blood pressure, acute shock, vascular leakage, and acute kidney failure.
HPS can’t be passed on from person to person, while HFRS transmission between people is extremely rare. As per the CDC, rodent population control is the primary strategy for preventing hantavirus infections.