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Hantavirus: A New Disease Hits China, One Dead [Update]

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A new kind of disease—Hantavirus, also known as Orthohantavirus, has struck China, already claiming one victim.

A man from China’s Yunnan province, on Monday, died while on his way back to Shandong Province for work on a chartered bus after he tested positive for Hantavirus.

According to China’s Global Times, 32 other people have been tested, the report added.

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

Global Times reported on Twitter about the Hantavirus victim:

“A person from Yunnan Province died while on his way back to Shandong Province for work on a chartered bus on Monday.

“He was tested positive for #hantavirus. Other 32 people on bus were tested.”

See tweet:

According to Wikipedia, Hantavirus is a single-stranded, enveloped, negative-sense RNA virus in the family Hantaviridae of the order Bunyavirales.

These viruses normally infect rodents, but do not cause disease in them. Humans may become infected with hantaviruses through contact with rodent urine, saliva, or feces.

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.

See another tweet by Satyajit Turkhade @WhiteRabbit111:

 

 

 

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