Chinese medical experts investigate hantavirus death

Grant Boone
March 25, 2020

Thirty-two more people who were on the bus, were also tested, but the results of their tests were not clear.

As the world grapples to fight the coronavirus pandemic that has killed over 16,000 globally, China's state-owned newspaper Global Times reported the death of a man who had tested positive for Hantavirus.

Many are scrambling to the internet in search of knowledge about hantavirus following the death of a man from China's Yunnan province. There are threats of existing diseases like swine flu and bird flu amid the coronavirus crisis, but now, a man in China has tested positive for Hantavirus-the virus that had been disappeared for years but re-surfaced during such medical struggle.

People have taken to social media to share their concern and worries about the same, where while some have raised questions, others have given the answers their own way.

According to CDC, hantaviruses are a family of viruses that spread mainly through rodents.

Usually, this virus only infects rodents, and human beings can get infected only if they come in contact with the urine, feces or saliva of rodents.

Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome: Early symptoms of HPS include fatigue, fever and muscle aches, especially in thighs, hips, back, and sometimes shoulders.

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"Weddings can continue to be conducted where it is just the couple, the celebrant and the witnesses, that's no more than five people", he said.

The CDC has reportedly stated that rodent population control is the primary strategy for preventing hantavirus infections.

This implies that unlike the highly-contagious coronavirus, hantaviruses can't spread easily from one person to another.

However, experts were quick to point out that it is not a new virus - and has only rarely thought to have been passed between humans. Even healthy individuals are at risk for HPS infection if exposed to the virus.

Other symptoms include headaches, abdominal pain, nausea vomiting, diarrhoea.

Just like the Coronavirus, it's transmitted when a person after touching rodent droppings, urine or nesting materials touches his/her eyes nose or mouth. "Other hantaviruses, known as "Old World" hantaviruses, are found mostly in Europe and Asia and may cause hemorrhagic fever with renal syndrome (HFRS)". Between four to 10 days after the first phase, a person can develop shortness of breath, a cough, and their lungs may fill with fluid.

"'There is no specific treatment, cure, or vaccine for hantavirus infection", the CDC warned, saying patients often need intensive care to "help them through the period of severe respiratory distress".

The CDC says: 'In Chile and Argentina, rare cases of person-to-person transmission have occurred.

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