After the killer coronavirus, another lethal virus – Hantavirus has raised. Hantaviruses are enzootic viruses that uphold persistent contagions in their rodent hosts without apparent illness indicators.
A man died in Yunnan province of China after testing positive to Hantavirus while on his back to Shandong Province for work on a hired bus, the Global Times has reported.
It is reported that 32 other passengers have been confirmed positive, the newscast on Hantavirus set the emergency signal and the terror across the world on Tuesday, 24th March 2020.
WHAT IS HANTAVIRUS?
It has been initiated that people who get infected usually come into contact with rodents, rat and mice. Rodent is the primary carrier of the virus responsible for most cases of Hantavirus.
Hantavirus can be acquired through the exposure to a contagious pathogen and if someone touches their eyes, nose or mouth after touching rodent droppings, urine or nesting materials.
CDC ON HANTAVIRUS
The United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), on its website, writes that hantaviruses are a family of viruses spread mostly by rodents and can be a source of wide-ranging disease syndromes in people around the globe.
“Hantaviruses in the Americas are known as ‘New World’ hantaviruses and may cause hantavirus pulmonary syndrome [HPS],”
CDC says. “Other hantaviruses, known as ‘Old World’ hantaviruses, are found mostly in Europe and Asia and may cause hemorrhagic fever with renal syndrome [HFRS].”
Any individual who is around rodents that carry harmful hantaviruses can get HPS.
People get HPS when they breath in hantaviruses. This can happen when rodent urine and droppings that contain a hantavirus are stimulated up into the air. They can also get HPS from a mouse or rat bite.
In the US, 10 confirmed cases of hantavirus infection in people who visited Yosemite National Park in California, US, in November, 2012, were stated.
In 2017, CDC supported health officials in inspecting an outburst of Seoul virus infection that disease-ridden 17 people in seven states.
The “incubation” period is unknown. Mostly, symptoms develop 1 to 18 weeks after exposure.
WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS OF HANTAVIRUS?
Early symptoms of Hantavirus such as fever, dry cough, headaches, body aches, abdominal pain, abdominal problems. People suffering from this also have symptoms of sickness, nausea, vomiting and diarrhea.
Late symptoms will onset rapidly that include cough and shortness of breath, which are the result of leaky blood vessels and lead to collection of fluids in lungs, bleeding and failure of the heart to pump. The mixture of these fluctuations can lead to shock, failure of several organs and even death!