Published: Tue, March 24, 2020
Health Care | By Cedric Leonard

Hantavirus Death In China Spooks Twitter: All You Need To Know

Hantavirus Death In China Spooks Twitter: All You Need To Know

This also means there are very less chances that the virus will spread further - saving the world from another epidemic. Reports of swine flu and bird flu are also being reported from India and other countries, but there is a shocking news of a man tested positive for hantavirus-another deadly virus- has come from China.

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. The 32 other people on the bus were also tested for the hantavirus, a disease carried by rats and other rodents.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says that hantaviruses are a family of viruses which is transmitted mainly by rodents and can show varied disease syndrome in people.

In most cases, hantavirus is spread when virus-containing particles from rodent urine, droppings, or saliva are stirred into the air, according to CDC. Notably, it can cause hantavirus pulmonary syndrome (HPS) and haemorrhagic fever with renal syndrome (HFRS). A bite from an infected host may cause the infection. "Even healthy individuals are at risk for HPS infection if exposed to the virus", Centre for Disease Control and Prevention said in its website.

According to CDC, if left untreated then Hantavirus can lead to coughing and shortness of breath which could prove fatal.

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The symptoms are similar to that of COVID-19 which includes fever, headache, abdominal pain among others.

Specifically, Hantavirus is caused by rodents.

Usually, the patients are given oxygen therapy to help them through the period of severe respiratory problems. It has a mortality rate of 38 per cent. But, it can be recognised in the early stages and the patient can receive medical cure in ICU and they may do better.

Later symptoms include lungs filling with fluid, which feel like pillow on one's face. In 2008, it infected the Irulas, a group of snake and rat catchers.

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