‘Hantavirus’: What is it and how does it spread?

According to experts, Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome (HPS) has a mortality rate of 30%.

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Amid the COVID-19 outbreak, the news of a man passing away from the mysterious ‘Hantavirus’ in China has sparked fear. According to China’s Global Times, a man from Yunnan Province died while traveling or work on a bus on Monday.

After tests, the reason for his mysterious death was found out to be Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome (HPS). 30 other passengers who were traveling with him were also tested for HPS.

What is Hantavirus?

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Hantavirus belongs to the family of viruses which is primarily spread through rodents. It can cause various diseases in humans.

It can cause hantavirus pulmonary syndrome (HPS) and hemorrhagic fever with renal syndrome (HFRS).

~ How can it spread?

Due to panic and fear, hantavirus is being perceived to be similar to COVID-19. However, both have stark differences when it comes to their spread.

HPS is not air-borne and can only spread if a person comes in direct contact with urine, feces, and saliva of rodents and less frequently by a bite from an infected host.

HPS cannot be passed on from person to person. HFRS transmission between people is extremely rare as well.

Early Symptoms:

Early symptoms of HPS include:

  •  headaches,
  • dizziness,
  • chills and abdominal problems.
  • If left untreated, it can lead to coughing and shortness of breath

The initial symptoms of HFRS remain the same as well. However, they can also include low blood pressure, acute shock, vascular leakage, and acute kidney failure.

It can potentially lead to death if not timely treated. According to health experts, the mortality rate is more than 30%.

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