Beware of Hantavirus while Observing Self Isolation at Home

A man from China’s Yunnan province tested positive for Hantavirus on Monday. He died while on his way back to Shandong Province for work on a chartered bus, China’s Global Times reported. 32 other people have been tested, the report added.

Following his death, hantavirus became a trend on social media, with people panicking that it is another COVID-19ready to cause a new pandemic!

Although hantavirus can’t be passed on from person to person but can be contracted if someone touches their eyes, nose or mouth after touching rodent droppings, urine, or nesting materials, according to states Centers for Disease Control and Prevention fact sheet.

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.

Among the early symptoms of the virus include fever, headache, muscle ache, abdominal pain, dizziness, chills and abdominal problems, such as nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea. About half of all HPS patients experience these symptoms. Late symptoms include lungs fill with fluid and shortness of breath.

Do stay safe

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