How does hantavirus spread? Know symptoms and fatality rate of this rodent-borne deadly disease

How does hantavirus spread? Know symptoms and fatality rate of this rodent-borne deadly disease

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When the whole world is suffering from fear of Coronavirus’s impact there is a new disturbing report from China. And as per this report from China, that a man has died from hantavirus.

Reports in Chinese media said a man died due to hantavirus in China. The man was returning to eastern Shandong on a chartered bus.

We bring this article for you to cover information about hantavirus that how does hantavirus spread? symptoms and how fatal it is. So read it

What is hantavirus?

As per current information given by Centres for Disease Control and Prevention(CDC), the leading national public health institute of the United States, this hantavirus belongs to a family of viruses spread mainly by rats. And can cause varied disease syndromes in people worldwide.

This hantavirus is known as “New World” hantaviruses in America and may cause hantavirus pulmonary syndrome(HPS). And Other hantaviruses known as “Old World” hantaviruses, are mostly found in Europe and Asia and may cause hemorrhagic fever with renal syndrome.

How does hantavirus spread?


Centers for Disease Control said, “Each hantavirus has specific rat host species and mainly spread to people via an aerosolized virus. And that is shed in urine, saliva, and feces. also, it can spread by an infected host by a bite but very less frequently.

There are no reports so far from the transmission of this hantavirus from human-to-human contact in the United State of America.

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Symptoms?

Hantavirus has some universal symptoms. And early symptoms of this hantavirus include fever, fatigue and muscle aches. And especially in the large muscle aches, especially in hips, back, thighs and sometimes shoulders.

About half of all hantavirus patients also experience some other symptoms. There may also be dizziness, abdominal problems, headaches, and abdominal problems. Like, vomiting, diarrhea, and abdominal pain.

After the initial phase of illness, that period can be 4 to 10 days, the late symptoms of HPS appear. These symptoms include coughing and shortness of breath.

Is hantavirus is a new virus?

Hantavirus surveillance in the United States began in 1993 during an outbreak of severe respiratory illness in the southwestern US.

This area is known as the “Four Corners” region in the southwestern US, in an area shared by Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado, and Utah. And this HPS became a nationally notified disease in 1995.

How fatal is this disease caused by hantavirus?

According to the Centres for Disease Control, the mortality rate of this disease is 38 percent.

We hope you could be able to get enough information about hantavirus.


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