YDNews| 09:50 pm| Hantavirus scare in China
Hantavirus scare in China
At the times when Coronavirus pandemic is hitting hard, there are other diseases also rearing their ugly heads. Now, a man in China died from Hantavirus.
According to a tweet by China’s Global Times, a man from Yunnan province died while he was going back to his home on Monday. There were 32 other people on the bus were tested positive of Hantavirus.
Here are some facts which you need to know about this new virus.
What is Hantavirus?
Centers for Disease Control Prevention (CDC) says that Hantaviruses are a family of viruses that are spread by rodents. They can spread varied diseases to people.
It can cause Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome (HPS) and Haemorrhagic Fever with Renal Syndrome (HFRS). The disease is not air-borne. People can get infected if they come in contact with urine, saliva, and feces of rodents.
What are the symptoms of Hantavirus?
Early symptoms of HPS include fever, muscle ache, fatigue, headache, dizziness and, abdominal issues. If not diagnosed earlier, then it can lead to coughing and shortness of breath. According to the CDC, its mortality rate is 38 percent.
In the case of HFRS, the initial symptoms are the same as that of HPS. Further, it can cause low blood pressure, vascular leakage, and acute kidney failure.
HPS cannot be transmitted from one person to another. On the other hand, the transmission chances of HFRS are very low.
The CDC suggests that controlling rodents’ population is the primary strategy for preventing Hantavirus infections.