While the world is still grappling with the havoc wreaked by the highly infectious novel coronavirus, another virus seems to be rearing its ugly head in China. Yes, a man in the Yunnan province in Southwest China was tested positive for hantavirus on Monday.
According to a tweet by China’s Global Times, the man died on his way back to Shandong Province for work on a chartered bus. The other 32 people on the same bus are also being tested.
The death of the infected death has caused a wave of panic amongst the netizens as people are worried if they need to brace themselves for another killer virus. The news about hantavirus comes at a time when scientists and medical experts worldwide are already racing against time to find a cure for pandemic COVID-19.
As per the Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), “hantaviruses are a family of viruses spread mainly by rodents and can cause varied disease syndromes in people worldwide. Infection with any hantavirus can produce hantavirus disease in people. It may cause hantavirus pulmonary syndrome (HPS) and hemorrhagic fever with renal syndrome (HFRS).”
This virus also spreads when virus-containing particles are stirred in the air and the infection occurs if you breathe in the virus particles present in the air. This is why it is crucial to avoid dusting, brooming and vacuuming a rodent-infested area.
As per the CDC, the severity of the disease varies depending upon the virus causing the infection.