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Insight: Important Facts About A ‘Hantavirus’
Right now the whole world is dealing and struggling with coronavirus or Covid19 which started from Wuhan, China.
Amidst coronavirus pandemic, the news of a man reportedly dying of ‘Hantavirus’ in China has been floating around and it is creating enough panic among the people around the world. Recently, A person from Yunnan Province died in Shandong Province. He was tested positive for #hantavirus.
Let’s talk about some of the important facts about a Hantavirus.
Important Facts About A Hantavirus
What is hantavirus?
According to the CDC:
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).
Each hantavirus serotype has a specific rodent host species and is spread to people via an aerosolized virus that is shed in urine, feces, and saliva, and less frequently by a bite from an infected host. The most important hantavirus in the United States that can cause HPS is the Sin Nombre virus, spread by the deer mouse.
Is it human to human transferable?
According to the CDC, hantaviruses cannot pass from person to person.