New case with virus called Hantavirus kills man in China

24Mar - by Meddy Bear - 0 - In Infectious disease

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Reports of a one man located in China are spreading online, where one man died to a virus called hantavirus. This information spread panic true the social media after the famous coronavirus, which also began in China.

The Coronavirus (COVID-19) killed almost 19,000 people in just 3 months. Today, hantavirus became one of the top trends on social media after the Chinese media tweeted about one some person in the country witch was infected and died due to the virus.

As far as the professionals sad, human-to-human transmission doesn’t seems to occur, but they are also not completely sure. The virus spreads mainly by some species of rodents (rats). If a rodent with the virus bites someone, the virus may spread to that person.

If you touch something contaminated with rodent urine, droppings or saliva, and then touch your nose or mouth, then you can get infected with the virus. The Hantavirus can also be transmitted if you eat that is contaminated by urine, droppings or saliva from an infected rodent.

The Hantavirus can cause Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome (HPS) in which symptoms could develop between 1 to 8 weeks after exposure. Early symptoms include dry cough,  body and muscle aches, fatigue, fever, sometimes accompanied by headaches, dizziness, chills, diarrhea and abdominal pain. The effect with the virus on a infected patient is similar to that of COVID-19.

HPS can be fatal and has a mortality rate of 38%. There are currently no tests or known treatments for HPS. Patients are treated same or with similar approach as patients with COVID-19.

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