Man dies from hantavirus in China

Man dies from hantavirus in China

All you need to know about the virus, and how it spreads out

Many other diseases other than coronavirus have started to rear their ugly heads with COVID-19 that took the globe by storm. Positive cases of swine flu and bird flu have already been reported in India and other countries. Now, a new case of hantavirus has been identified in man from China.

A Man died from hantavirus in Yunnan Province, China while returning back to Shandong Province for work on a bus on Monday. The 32 other passengers on the bus were also tested for the virus”, tweeted by China’s Global Times.

What is hantavirus?

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) describes hantaviruses as a family of viruses that spreads primarily by rodents and also can cause different diseases in humans. These viruses infect rodents but do not cause disease in them. Humans may become infected with hantaviruses through contact with rodent urine, saliva, or feces

This viral infection can cause Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome (HPS) and Haemorrhagic Fever with Renal Syndrome (HFRS).

The infection is not airborne and can spread to humans if they come in contact with saliva, urine

, and feces of rodents and much less often by a bite from a virus carrying host.

Symptoms of Hantavirus

Early signs and symptoms of HPS comprise fever, fatigue, muscle pain, headaches, dizziness, stomach problems, and chills. This infection can lead to coughing and shortness of breath and can be fatal if left untreated, with a mortality rate of 38%, according to the CDC.

The initial signs and symptoms of HFRS are the same as HPS, and it can cause acute kidney failure, acute shock, vascular leakage, and low blood pressure.

Transmission Possibilities ad Control

HPS can not be passed from one person to another, and HFRS transmits between people rarely.

The Control of rodent population is the key technique for preventing hantavirus infections, According to the CDC.


Author: Sruthi S