Chinese man dies of Hantavirus
China has not yet fully recovered from the Coronavirus storm and landed up in another, recently a man from China has been tested positive for Hantavirus.
As per a news report from China, The man belonged from Yunnan Province died while on his way back to Shandong Province for work on a bus on Monday. The 32 other people on the bus were also tested for the virus.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Hantaviruses belongs to the family of viruses which spread mainly by rodents and can cause varied diseases in people. It can cause Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome (HPS) and Haemorrhagic fever with renal syndrome (HFRS).
It is not an airborne disease and can only spread to people if they come in contact with urine, feces, and saliva of rodents and less frequently by a bite from an infected host.
The early symptoms of HPS include fatigue, fever, and muscle aches, along with headaches, dizziness, chills and abdominal problems. If left untreated, it can lead to coughing and shortness of breath and can be fatal, with a mortality rate of 38%, according to CDC.
While the initial symptoms of HFRS too remain the same, it can cause low blood pressure, acute shock, vascular leakage, and acute kidney failure.
HPS can't be passed on from person to person, while HFRS transmission between people is extremely rare.
As per the CDC, rodent population control is the primary strategy for preventing Hantavirus infections.