While the world is still struggling to curtail the menace brought about by the so-called ‘Chinese Virus’ a.k.a COVID-19, the Asians has succeeded in introducing another new killer disease called ‘Hantavirus’.
According to a report by globaltimesnews, “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.”
What is Hantavirus?
According to Center for Disease Control (CDS), “hantaviruses are a family of viruses spread mainly by rodents and can cause varied disease syndromes in people worldwide. Infection with any hantavirus can produce hantavirus disease in people.”
“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).”
The major carrier agent of the virus are rodents, particularly from mouse, cotton rat and rice rat.
Mode of transmission
Hantaviruses are airborne, it’s transmitted to people primarily through the aerosolization of viruses shed in infected rodents’ droppings, urine or saliva. It can also be transferred from person to person or contact.
Fever and chills
Headaches and muscle aches
Vomiting, diarrhea or abdominal pain
After four to 10 days, more-serious signs and symptoms begin. They typically include:
A cough that produces secretions
Shortness of breath
Fluid accumulating within the lungs
Low blood pressure
Reduced heart efficiency
Prevention and cure
The virus has no known cure, the best protection against the syndrome is to avoid rodents and their habitats. Avoid contact with one who display the symptoms of the virus. Take special precautions, such as wearing a respirator and regularly disinfect buildings with heavy rodent infestations.