One Dead As Hantavirus Hits China Amid COVID-19

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While the world is still reeling from the novel deadly Coronavirus, China has reported another outbreak of a deadly disease, Hantavirus.

On Monday, the man tested positive for hantavirus and China's Global Times tweeted that the man from Yunnan Province kicked the bucket while on his way back to Shandong Province. All the 32 passengers in the bus were also tested, the publication added, without details.

What is it? What exactly is the hantavirus, and how does it spread? Hantavirus pulmonary disease (HPS) and haemorrhagic fever with renal syndrome (HFRS) are two of the common diseases caused by the virus.

Hantavirus is spread mainly by rodents.

"In addition to fever and myalgias, early symptoms include headache, chills, dizziness, non- productive cough, nausea, vomiting, and other gastrointestinal symptoms", the website says.

While the underlying indications of HFRS too continue as before, it can cause low circulatory strain, intense stun, vascular spillage, and intense kidney disappointment.

"Rodent infestation in and around the home remains the primary risk for hantavirus exposure". For the record, the human-human transmission is nearly impossible and very rare.

While CDC mentions human transmission is not possible, a news report by DNA India says that the possibility of person to person transfer can not be ruled out.

People around the world have been closely following the developments around the coronavirus pandemic that has seen hundreds of thousands being infected and claimed more than 16,000 lives. Although like COVID-19, Hantavirus is a virus that affects one's respiratory system, it is not an airborne virus and has been around for several years but can not be transmitted from one person to another.

Unlike Coronavirus, the cases of human-to-human transmission of Hantavirus are rare. It is further important to note that pets like dogs and cats are not known to carry hantavirus.

Do you need to quarantine? One can get the disease just by being around a rat that is a carrier because of airborne transmission.

What comes as a major relief, Hantavirus cannot be passed from person to person, but one can get infected if they touch their mouth, eyes, nose after touching urine or nest materials of rodents.

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