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Hantavirus in China: Hantavirus kills a man in China, frantic people on social media | World News

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NEW DELHI: As the new coronavirus wreaks havoc on the world and its economy, China is apparently witnessing the resurgence of another virus, this time from rodents residing in the darkest part of our world.

Global Times tweeted Tuesday that a person from “Yunnan Province died while returning to Shandong Province to work on a rented bus on Monday. His positive result was #
hantavirus. Another 32 people on the bus were evaluated. ”

The tweet went viral on various social media platforms, and people said, “Does the coronavirus need a backup now?”

“I think I’m ready to move to another planet. Honestly,” one user tweeted.

Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome (SPH) is a severe, sometimes fatal, respiratory disease in humans caused by a hantavirus infection.

The first symptoms of HPS include fatigue, fever, and muscle aches, especially in the thighs, hips, back, and sometimes shoulders.

An infected person may also experience headaches, dizziness, chills, and abdominal problems.

According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), hantaviruses are a family of viruses that are primarily spread by rodents and can cause various disease syndromes in people around the world.

Infection with any
hantavirus can produce
hantavirus disease in people.

Hantaviruses in the Americas are known as “New World” hantaviruses and can cause
hantavirus pulmonary syndrome (SPH). Other hantaviruses, known as “Old World” hantaviruses, are found mainly in Europe and Asia and can cause hemorrhagic fever with kidney syndrome (HFRS).

Each
hantavirus The serotype has a specific rodent host species and is transmitted to people through an aerosolized virus that is eliminated in urine, faeces and saliva, and less frequently by a bite from an infected host.

Anyone who comes into contact with rodents carrying hantavirus is at risk for HPS. Rodent infestation in and around the home remains the primary risk for
hantavirus exposition. Even healthy people are at risk of HPS infection if exposed to the virus.

In Chile and Argentina, there have been rare cases of person-to-person transmission between close contacts of a person who was ill with a type of
hantavirus called the Andes virus, according to the CDC.

However, not everyone was impressed by the news.

“The Hanta virus has been around since the 1970s. Person-to-person spread is possible, but very rare. Let’s not add fuel to the flame,” one user tweeted on the Global Times Twitter account.

Times of India

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