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Hantavirus: After Corona, new Virus from China Took a Life Today

A man in China died from Hantavirus. Here is everything you need to know about Hantavirus!

Hantavirus in China

While the world is still trying to overcome the Coronavirus pandemic, here is a rise to another rodent-borne virus called Hantavirus. The rumor about the outbreak of a new deadly virus from china spreads like a grass fire. Thankfully, this time, it’s not contagious.

According to CDC, a 32 years old man died in the province of China, Yunnan. He was going to Shandong on a bus with 32 other passangers. It was revealed that the man was infected by Hantavirus, by his posthumous tests. Healthcare authorities have also tested the other 32 people on the bus, for the same disease. 

Luckily we are save this time, but let’s learn a little more about what Hantavirus is.

What is Hantavirus and how is it caused? 

Hantaviruses are a group of viruses that belong to the Bunyavirus family of viruses. There are 5 genera in this family and all of them are arthropod-borne except for Hantavirus. It is rodent-borne. 

Hantavirus is caused by:

  • Deer mouse
  • Cotton rat
  • Rice rat
  • White footed mouse

It can be a death causing disease as it has a morality rate of 38%

Symptoms of Hantavirus

Symptoms of Hantavirus are similar to the Novel Coronavirus, which are:

  • Fever
  • Shortness of Breath
  • Headache
  • Muscle pain (especially thighs, hips, back and sometimes shoulders)
  • Chills
  • Stomach problems
  • Dizziness
  • Lung congestion

How is Hantavirus transmitted?

Unlike Coronavirus, Hantavirus is not transmitted from person to person. It is transmitted from rodents to humans by:

  • Rodent’s urine
  • Feces
  • Saliva
  • Airborne particles having these excretions

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