Hantavirus - from rats - caused death of man on bus in China

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As per a report, a man in China's Yunnan province tested positive for the virus on Monday and died shortly. 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.

According to the Centres for Disease Control and Infection, "Anyone who comes into contact with rodents that carry hantaviruses is at risk of HPS".

Before you panic, it is advisable that you learn about the hantavirus that causes hantavirus pulmonary syndrome (HPS) according to FreePress Journal. There are now over 387,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and the death toll is above 16,700 most of which have been reported from Italy.

Hantavirus doesn't possess the same threat level as coronavirus possess.

Hantavirus is spread mainly by rodents.

Amid the coronavirus scare, new virus Hantavirus has flooded our social media feeds and people across the globe are trying to know as much as possible about the new virus.

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"'There is no specific treatment, cure, or vaccine for hantavirus infection", the CDC warned, saying patients often need intensive care to "help them through the period of severe respiratory distress".

The symptoms of Hantavirus are similar to novel coronavirus, which includes headache, fever, abdominal pain, etc. For the record, the human-human transmission is nearly impossible and very rare.

The viral disease was first reported in the U.S. in 1993.

A hantavirus is only spread through the rodents to humans and can't be spread from human to human. It is claimed that a rat bite can cause the disease in rare circumstances. It is transmitted to humans by rodents such as mice and rats.

This virus is not passed from one person to another but infect a healthy person if he/she touches their eye, nose or mouth after touching the rodent droppings including urine, or nesting materials. In America, it is known as "New World" hantaviruses, while in Europe and Asia, it is known as "Old World" hantaviruses.

In a nutshell, while the symptoms of the hantavirus are nearly similar to that of coronavirus, it is essentially transmitted from rodents to humans and there is little evidence to prove it is transmitted by humans to humans like coronavirus.

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