When the world is busy dealing with Coronavirus, reports from China show the growth of a new virus called Hantavirus. Further studies have found that the disease is not limited to the Asian subcontinent. Patients from North and South America as well as Korea have also been reported. The disease seems to have spread from the sick man who died recently. On his way to Shandong Province, he took a bus. All the passengers on the bus have tested positive for Hantavirus.
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
How Hantavirus spreads?
Coronavirus spreads through fomites. Fomites are particles that exist when a person has coronavirus. This transmits when coughing or sneezing on another person or through direct human contact. But, Hantavirus spreads when an individual breathes in particulates of an infected rodent. This virus does not spread through human contact. Till now there is no indication of it becoming a global health problem. Hantaviruses are a family of the virus that spread through rodents, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
— Ishita Yadav (@IshitaYadav) March 24, 2020
People are seen to catch fever with chills, severe headaches, and muscle pain along with vomiting, diarrhea or lower abdominal pain. Low blood pressure and respiratory issues are also symptoms of later stages in the virus infection. Like COVID-19, hantavirus is difficult to detect at early stages since it is difficult to detect the root of the problems.
Cure and Prevention
There is still no cure for Coronavirus and Hantavirus. The best bet would be to prevent contact. In coronavirus, one needs to self-isolated oneself, while hantavirus needs you to get rid of rodents. There is still no need for global panic with respect to Coronavirus.