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24 March 2020 14:41

Hantavirus

Even when the world is trying to find a cure for the dreaded coronavirus pandemic, a report in Global Times said that a man from China's Yunnan province died from Hantavirus while on a bus to the Shandong province.All the fellow passengers on the bus have been tested for the virus.The Centre for Disease Control says that the virus is spread mainly from rodents. It goes on to say that infection with any of the hantavirus can cause hantavirus disease in people."Hantaviruses in the Americas are known as "New World" hantaviruses and may cause hantavirus pulmonary syndrome (HPS). Other hantaviruses, known as "Old World" hantaviruses, are found mostly in Europe and Asia and may cause hemorrhagic fever with renal syndrome (HFRS)," the CDC website said.The hantavirus case comes at a time when the total count of those infected by novel coronavirus globally is nearing the 400,000 mark and scientists are yet to find a cure for it. The global death toll has crossed the 16,500 mark. Hantavirus – All You Need to Know: While Coronavirus has brought the whole world to a halt, resulting in major lockdowns, another virus has emerged in China, increasing people's worries.

A man in China's Yunnan Province tested positive for Hantavirus and died shortly afterward on March 23, 2020. The man died on a chartered bus, the other passengers of the bus were also tested for the virus. This news became viral after thousands of people took to social media to tweet about it. The Hantavirus is known to have similar symptoms as Covid-19 infection. Should people be worried?

The Hantavirus, though fatal, is spread mainly through rodents and their droppings and urine. The virus causes disease syndromes in people. However, it is rarely known to have spread from person to person. Hantavirus or Orthohantavirus is an old family of viruses, which mainly spreads through rodents or rats. It can cause various diseases including hantavirus pulmonary syndrome (HPS).

It can also cause hemorrhagic fever with renal syndrome (HFRS), as per the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Hantavirus Transmission Hantavirus is transmitted when a person comes in direct contact with the droppings, urine, saliva or nesting of a rodent that has the virus. The virus enters the human body through eyes, nose or mouth Is Hantavirus contagious? No. Hantavirus is rarely known to have spread from person-to-person. Who is most at the risk of contracting Hantavirus? Humans who come in contact with rodents face the maximum risk of contracting the virus. Homes that have rodent infestation can also lead to the exposure of the virus. Healthy persons are also at the risk of getting the virus when exposed to it. Is Hantavirus airbone? No, hantavirus is not airborne. It can only be spread if one comes in direct contact with the infected rodent or its feces. It is also not known to actually spread through a bite from the infected rat. The hantavirus symptoms are similar to coronavirus as they include fever, fatigue, muscle aches, headaches, dizziness, abdominal pains and chills. It can also lead to cough, respiratory issues with shortness of breath and can prove to be fatal. How dangerous is Hantavirus? Hantavirus can be fatal, especially if left untreated. The virus infection has a mortality rate of 38 percent as per the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). It can cause acute shock, low blood pressure, acute kidney failure and vascular leakage. How common is Hantavirus? Hantavirus is not very common as it can't be passed on from person-to-person. Hantavirus Diagnosis The Hantavirus diagnosis is a challenge as the symptoms are similar to many other diseases such as regular flu, pneumonia, influenza and coronavirus. Those who have a fever and are exposed to rats should be tested for the virus. Hantavirus treatment and cure Hantavirus has no known treatment or vaccines. Those infected with the virus are kept in the ICU to monitor and ease their respiratory distress. Hantavirus prevention The only way to prevent Hantavirus is to prevent rodent infestation in homes and minimise contact with them. This can be done through pest control and by ensuring proper cleanliness in homes. People are really out here, worrying that coronavirus just called for back-up: The deadly strain of COVID-19 has topped 300 000 cases worldwide, with deaths above the 13 000-mark. But recent reports of a fatality caused by the Hantavirus in China may have been taken greatly out of context. It's understood a bus passenger died earlier this week, as a direct result of being infected by Hantavirus. Some reports claim 32 other travellers on board were also tested. Of course, the topic soon trended on social media, and had people fearing that yet another pandemic could be on its way. That, however, is simply not true. Certainly not at the moment, anyway. Hantavirus is contracted through deer mice, a very specific breed of rodent. They tend to live in rural woodlands, and the disease they can carry is passed via their saliva, urine or even fecal matter. Here's the clincher – and something that should help us all sleep a little easier tonight: Hantavirus isn't a new phenomenon, and dealing with it won't be as troublesome as the coronavirus outbreak has proved to be. importantly, it cannot be transmitted between humans: So the risk to life is much, much lower. Symptoms of Hantavirus Although it possesses some similarities to COVID-19, Hantavirus isn't necessarily going to wreak as much havoic: Symptoms of HV include chills, fever and aching muscles. Dry coughs, headaches and nausea also occur. Your chances of contracting this disease are incredibly low, with conservative estimates saying it's one in 13 million. House mice, black rats and brown rats don't carry Hantavirus – only deer mice are known to do so. JUST SO YOU KNOW: hanta virus CANNOT be transmitted from human to human. here's the other details. #Hantavirus RT TO SPREAD. pic.twitter.com/UNHd5yezvo — g e g e (@jinjjataee) March 24, 2020 South Africans 'unlikely to be at risk' Although quite rare in South Africa, extermination experts Rentokil have outlined the threat this illness can pose. But don't get too stressed – it may be a killer, but Hantavirus doesn't hold a candle to coronavirus.