After Coronavirus Pandemic, New ‘Hantavirus’ Detected in China


After the Coronavirus that has wreaked havoc all across the globe, a new virus called ‘Hantavirus’ has appeared in China.

A man has died in Yunnan province of China after testing positive to Hantavirus. The man died while on his way back to Shandong Province for work on a chartered bus, China’s Global Times reports.

Hantavirus immediately became a trend on social media following the report with people panicking that it was another COVID-19 ready to cause a new pandemic. However, unlike coronavirus, hantavirus is not airborne.

Humans who contract the hantavirus usually come into contact with rodents that carry the virus. “Rodent infestation in and around the home remains the primary risk for hantavirus exposure. Even healthy individuals are at risk for HPS infection if exposed to the virus,” Centre for Disease Control and Prevention said in its website.

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According to the report, 32 more people have been tested positive by the virus. The news coming out about the Hantavirus sent panic chills across the world on Tuesday amid the Coronavirus outbreak. People speculated that the virus is another corona-like virus that can kill many.

It’s been found that the people who get infected with the Hantavirus usually come in contact with Rodents like rats or mice. Rodents act as a carrier for the Hantavirus.

It is said that one can get infected by the virus by touching their eyes, nose or mouth after touching rodent droppings, urine, or nesting materials.

The early symptoms of the Hantavirus are said to be fever, headache, muscle ache, abdominal pain, dizziness, chills, and abdominal problems. The other symptoms of the virus include nausea, vomiting and diarrhoea.

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The late symptoms are lungs filled with fluid and shortness of breath.


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