According to a press release, a man from Yunnan, China, tested positive for Hantavirus on Monday. He is said to have died on the way back to Shandong province to work on a chartered bus, according to China’s Global Times. In a shocking event, 32 other people were also tested with the same virus.
Tweeted at 6:30 am, March 24, 2020.
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. pic.twitter.com/SXzBpWmHvW
— Global Times (@globaltimesnews) March 24, 2020
Social media panicked after his unexplained death. People fear that it is another COVID-19 ready to cause a new global chaos.
According to sources, unlike coronavirus, hantavirus does not spread in the air. In fact, humans who contract the hantavirus generally come into contact with rodents (mammals of the order Rodentia) who carry the virus.
“Rodent infestation inside and outside the home remains the main risk of exposure to hantavirus. Even healthy individuals are at risk of infection with Hantavirus pulmonary syndrome (HPS) if exposed to the virus,” said the Center for Disease Control and Prevention on its website.
However, HPS cannot be spread from person to person; can be gotten if someone touches the eyes, nose or mouth after touching rodent feces, urine or nesting materials, says the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention fact sheet.
Among the first symptoms of the virus are fever, headache, muscle pain, abdominal pain, dizziness, chills and abdominal problems, such as nausea, vomiting, diarrhea. About half of all HPS patients have these symptoms. In addition, late symptoms include fluid-filled lungs and shortness of breath.