Hantavirus; A new kind of virus, kills man in China

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A person from Yunnan Province died from hantavirus

In a recent tweet by China’s Global Times, “A person from Yunnan Province died while on his way back to Shandong Province for work in a charted bus on Monday. He was tested positive for hantavirus. The 32-other people on the bus were also tested for hantavirus.

Hantanvirus is not a new virus and has been infecting humans for decades.

The hantavirus, which is one of a family of viruses spread by rodents like rats, that can cause disease in humans.

The hantavirus is primarily spread by contact with mice and their urine droppings, feces or saliva. It can’t be transmitted from person to person, So avoiding the hantavirus basically comes down to avoiding contact with rodents.

Types and symptoms of hantavirus:

New World: Hantaviruses in the Americas are known as “New World” hantaviruses and can cause hantavirus pulmonary syndrome (HPS), with symptoms including fatigue, fever and muscle ache in early stages, and coughing and shortness of breath later on.

Old World: Other hantaviruses known as “Old World” hantaviruses are mostly seen in Europe and Asia, It can cause hemorrhagic fever with renal syndrome (HFRS), with symptoms including intense headaches, back and abdominal pain, chills, fever, nausea, vomiting and blurred vision.

Both the diseases are considered rare but can be fatal.
But person to person has not been documented till date.

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