In Health Tips by stephen abiodun on the 25th, March, 2020

Is ‘Hantavirus’ A New Virus Outbreak In China? Everything You Need To Know

While the world is still fighting coronavirus outbreak, a new virus called ‘Hantavirus’ surfaces on the internet, leaving the world in a panic. The virus has reportedly taken the life of an individual in China, leaving tension in the air.

Are we at risk of facing another pandemic? Let’s find out.

At first, I didn’t want to believe the story of the man who died of Hantavirus because, at times like this, people tend to create fear by pushing fake news on the internet to generate ad revenue for themselves via web traffic and social media. But I decided to do a little research about the story and here’s what I found.

Man Dies Of Hantavirus in China

You must have stumbled upon a new headline in the news of a man dying from hantavirus in China, well, it is true. The man, from Yunnan Province, southwest China, died on Monday on a bus to Shandong Province in the east.

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Other 32 passengers on the bus were tested for the virus, even though it is rarely passed from human to human. The results of the tests, however, were unclear.

As of now, it is still unclear how the deceased contracted the virus in the first place.

SO, What is Hantavirus?
According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention pathogens of the hantavirus family are mainly spread by rodents like mice or rats. The CDC states: “Infection with any hantavirus can produce hantavirus disease in people.”

Each hantavirus strain is carried by a specific host species of rodents. The transmission of hantavirus is caused by contamination via animal’s urine, faeces, and saliva travel in the air or an infected individual. In some rare cases, a person may catch hantavirus if bitten by an infected rodent.

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It is also possible to catch hantavirus if you touch your mouth or nose after touching a surface that is contaminated with the urine, droppings, or saliva of an infected host. Consuming contaminated food can also cause the same.

Types of Hantavirus infection
Hantavirus can be classified into two, namely “New World” and “Old World” hantavirus.

A person infected with the “New World” hantavirus in the American continents can develop a condition known as hantavirus pulmonary syndrome (HPS).

Those infected with the “Old World” on the other hand are usually found in Europe or Asia, and they suffer from hemorrhagic fever with renal syndrome (HFRS).

Should the world be worried about a new ‘Hantavirus’ outbreak?
According to the CDC, hantaviruses in the U.S. cannot pass from person to person. Some rare instances of human-to-human transmission have been observed in Chile and Argentina. But in these cases, the people had close contact with those sick with the Andes virus.

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People who live in rural areas such as forests, fields or farms where the rodents live, are more likely to catch hantavirus. The man’s death came in a time where coronavirus poses threat to the world which is basically why everyone is in panic right now but, we’re are not facing a risk of “hantavirus outbreak” — unless love to eat rodents, which I advice you don’t.

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