After WHO has claimed coronavirus a Pandemic, the whole world is right now in a panic situation. People from around the globe have started to fear this virus. But, what people may never expect in this chaotic situation is a new kind of virus called ‘Hantavirus’. Now it has been reported that a man from China has tested positive for Hantavirus.
China’s Global Times tweeted that the man from Yunnan Province died while on his way back to Shandong Province for work on a bus on Monday. The 32 other people on the bus were also tested for the virus.
This sudden news of a new kind of virus can certainly put any person in danger, but without judging everything yourself, we must take a look at what exactly Hantavirus is?
What is Hantavirus
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Hantaviruses are a family of old viruses that are spread mainly by rodents or rats and can cause varied diseases in people.
How this virus Spread
Hantavirus is not like a Novel COVID-19. One thing, it is not an airborne disease and also there are very slight changes for it to spread from person to person. Mainly the virus spread when a person comes with a contact of urine, saliva, feces of a Rodents.
Symptoms of Hantavirus
- Initial 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. It can cause low blood pressure, acute shock, vascular leakage, and acute kidney failure.
- In the case of HFRS(Hemorrhagic Fever with Renal Syndrome), symptoms develop within one to two weeks after coming in contact with the virus. But in rare cases, it may take up to eight weeks to show symptoms.
- HPS can’t be passed on from person to person, while HFRS transmission between people is extremely rare.
- A person coming in contact with the rodents may end up being a prey of the Hantavirus.
Well, the above-mentioned facts might be a relief to some people. Precautionary measures must be taken in maintaining distance with the rodents and ensuring hygiene in daily life.
So, there should not be any need for any anguish. Hantavirus is not a big threat and we have a vaccine for it. Thus, we do not need to get panic and develop a stressful environment. This is a very crucial time for us, we only need to focus on COVID-19 right now. We will keep you updated if we found some serious news.
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