A man has died in Yunnan province, China, after he tested positive to Hantavirus.
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. Hantavirus is contracted when a person comes into contact with rodents that carry the virus.
The man died while on his way back to Shandong Province for work on a chartered bus, China’s Global Times reported, 32 other people who were on the bus with him have been tested, the report added.
“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.
Although HPS can’t be passed on from person to person, it can be contracted if someone touches their eyes, nose or mouth after touching rodent droppings, urine, or nesting materials, states Centers for Disease Control and Prevention fact sheet
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.