Man dies in China via hantavirus: All you need to know about the virus, and how it spreads

While the entire whole world is facing a tough situation about tha coronavirus due to the ongoing  outbreak, it looks China is gearing for new big battle, this time against Hantavirus. As per a report, a man in China’s Yunnan province tested positive for the virus on Monday and died shortly

Even as the popular coronavirus outbreak takes the whole world by storm, a number of other similler diseases are also rearing their ugly heads. Cases of swine flu and bird flu and same have already been reported in India and other countries. Now, a young man from China has tested positive for hantavirus.

China’s Global Times page tweeted that the man from Yunnan Province died while on his way going  back to Shandong Province for work on a bus on Monday. The 32 other people on the bus were also tested for the virus.

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What exactly is the Covid hantavirus?

According to the Centers for the new Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), hantaviruses are also a family of viruses which are spread mainly by rodents and can cause other varied diseases in people.

It can cause hantavirus pulmonary syndrome (HPS) and haemorrhagic fever with renal syndrome (HFRS).

The disease is not airborne thanks to it and can only spread to people if they come in contact with others urine, feces, and saliva of rodents and less frequently by a bite from an infected host.

Symptoms of hantavirus

Early symptoms of HPS include fever, fatigue, and muscle aches, along with headaches, dizziness, chills and abdominal problems. If left untreated, it can lead to shortness and coughing of breath and can be fatal, with a mortality rate of 39 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.

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