Hanta virus kills and spreads fear in China, but this is not a new virus
Chinese state media have reported that a Chinese man died of “Hantan virus” and spread panic as the world responded to a new coronavirus pandemic. However, Hantavirus is not a new virus, and it has infected humans for decades.
It is reported that while a world is responding to a new coronavirus pandemic, the Chinese have died from another virus. The new coronavirus has killed more than 16,000 people worldwide and the epidemic has not been brought under control.
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This morning, the hantavirus became one of the hot trends on Twitter after Chinese official media tweeted information about a person who died in the country from the virus. However, it turns out that Hantavirus is not a new virus and has infected humans for decades.
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The state-run English-language newspaper Global Times tweeted on Tuesday: “A man from Yunnan province returned to Shandong on Monday and died while on a chartered public bus. His hantavirus test was positive. Others was also tested 32 people in public bus. ”
The Hantavirus report published by the Global Times on Twitter has been shared more than 6,000 times.
On Tuesday, the hantavirus was one of the main trends on Twitter.
What is Hantavirus?
Some people call it a new virus, but this is not the case. The National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) wrote in a journal that Hantavirus currently includes more than 21 species.
In 1978, a small infected rodent near the Hantan River in South Korea isolated the pathogen that caused North Korean blood fever. The virus is named after the Hantan River. The initial findings date back to the scientific method that began after the Korean War (1951-1953), during which time United Nations (UN) forces reported more than 3,000 cases of Korean hemorrhagic fever.
In 1981, a new genus called “hantavirus” was introduced into the Bunyaviridae family, including a virus that causes hemorrhagic fever with renal syndrome (HFRS).
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) wrote on its website that Hantavirus is a family of viruses that are mainly transmitted by rodents and can cause multiple diseases in people around the world.
The CDC said: “In the Americas, Hantavirus is called ‘New World’ Hantavirus and may cause Hantavirus Lung Syndrome [HPS].” Other Hantaviruses are also known as ‘Old World’ Hantavirus , Found mainly in Europe and Asia, may cause hemorrhagic fever with renal syndrome [HFRS]. ”
HPS can be infected with any man, woman or child around mice or rats that carry the harmful hantavirus.
People inhale the hantavirus and become infected with HPS. This happens when the urine of rodents and feces containing Hantavirus are stirred into the air.
People can also become infected when they touch the urine or feces or nested material containing the virus of a mouse and then touch their eyes, nose, or mouth. They can also get HPS through mice or rat bites.
In the United States, people who visited Yosemite National Park in the United States in November 2012 reported 10 confirmed cases of Hantavirus infection.
Similarly, in 2017, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) assisted health officials in investigating an outbreak of a virus infection in Seoul, which infected 17 people in seven states.
What are the symptoms of Hantavirus?
If people are infected with HPS, they will feel unwell after one to five weeks around a hantavirus-bearing mouse or rat.
First, people with HPS will have:
Severe muscle soreness
After a few days, they will have trouble breathing. Sometimes people experience headaches, dizziness, chills, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea and stomach pain.
Usually people don’t have runny nose, sore throat or rash.
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