As the world is still trying to heal from the deadly COVID-19 virus (Coronavirus), China recorded another pathogen outbreak, which has claimed a life already.
The new outbreak, Hantavirus is said to be more deadly than coronavirus, below are the symptoms, causes and all you need to know about the virus.
An orthohantavirus is a single-stranded, enveloped, negative-sense RNA virus in the family Hantaviridae of the order Bunyavirales. These viruses normally cause infection in rodents but do not cause disease in them.
Modes of transmission: Humans may become infected with hantaviruses through contact with rodent urine, saliva, or feces. It can be contracted if someone touches their eyes, nose or mouth after touching rodent droppings, urine, or nesting materials. Rat bites can also cause it but it’s very rare.
Symptoms: Among the early symptoms of the hantavirus include fever, headache, muscle ache, abdominal pain, dizziness, chills and abdominal problems, such as nausea, vomiting, diarrohea. Moreover, late symptoms include the lungs filling with fluid and shortness of breath.
Casualty: So far, only a Chinese of Yunnan province has been declared dead of the virus, while the 32 people that boarded the bus with him are being tested for the virus.
Research however reveals the virus can’t be transmitted by air like the coronavirus and can’t be passed on from person to person, only through direct contact with a rodent carrying the virus.
The Centres for Disease Control, CDC website said: “Hantaviruses in the Americas are known as “New World” hantaviruses and may cause hantavirus pulmonary syndrome (HPS).
“Other Hantaviruses, known as ‘Old World’ Hantaviruses, are found mostly in Europe and Asia and may cause hemorrhagic fever with renal syndrome (HFRS)”.
“Rodent infestation in and around the home remains the primary risk for hantavirus exposure.
“Even healthy individuals are at risk for Hantavirus pulmonary syndrome (HPS) infection if exposed to the virus”.