what is Hantavirus in china?
Another possible virus from China
A man from China’s Yunnan province was tested positive to the new virus and died hours after that. The 32 other people on the bus were also tested for the virus. But what exactly is Hantavirus, and do we need to worry about it?
Not really! According to the Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Hantavirus is basically a family of viruses that originate from rodents or rats. It can cause Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome (HPS) and Haemorrhagic Fever with Renal Syndrome (HFRS). The disease is not airborne and can only spread to people if they come in contact with urine, faeces, and saliva of rodents and less frequently by a bite from an infected host. Symptoms of Hantavirus HPS has a small incubation period and symptoms deliver over 1 to 8 weeks. Early ones include fever, fatigue, muscle aches. These occur in large muscle groups like thighs, hips, back and shoulders Others include headaches, dizziness, chills, abdominal pain, nausea vomiting, and diarrhoea. Later symptoms include lungs filling with fluid, which feel like a pillow on one’s face. There are four kinds of rats that usually cause Hantavirus — cotton rat (Sigmodon hispidus), the deer mouse (Peromyscus maniculatus), rice rat (Oryzomys palustris) and white-footed mouse (Peromyscus lecopus). Thankfully, the vaccine is available for this disease * Copyright Disclaimer Under Section 107 of the Copyright Act 1976, allowance is made for “fair use” for purposes such as criticism, commenting, news reporting, teaching, scholarship, and research. Fair use is a use permitted by copyright statute that might otherwise be infringing. Non-profit, educational or personal use tips the balance in favour of fair use.
A case of hantavirus has been reported in China. Here’s why you shouldn’t worry.
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