Man dies from hantavirus in China: All you need to know about the virus, and how it spreads
Just as the outbreak of coronavirus takes the world by storm, so do many other ailments, with their disfigured heads. Swine flu and bird flu cases have already been reported in India and other countries. Now, a Chinese man has tested positive for hantavirus.
China Global Times tweeted that a Yunnan province man died on Monday while returning to work on a bus in Shandong province. The other 32 people on the bus were also tested for the virus.
What is Hantavirus exactly?
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), hantavirus is a family of viruses that is primarily transmitted by rodents and can cause various diseases in people.
It can cause hantavirus pulmonary syndrome (HPS) and hemorrhagic fever with renal syndrome (HFRS).
The disease is not aerobic and can only spread to people if they come in contact with urine, feces and rodent saliva, and less frequently with the bite of an infected host.
Symptoms of hantavirus
Early symptoms of HPS include fatigue, fever and muscle aches, headaches, dizziness, colds and stomach problems. If left untreated, it can lead to coughing and shortness of breath and can prove fatal, with mortality at 38 percent, according to the CDC.
While the initial symptoms of HFRS remain the same, they can cause low blood pressure, severe shock, vascular leakage, and acute kidney failure.
HPS cannot pass from one person to another, while transmission of HFRS between people is very rare.
According to the CDC, rat population control is the primary strategy to prevent hepatovirus infection.