Hantavirus – Another pandemic or what? [Symptoms and Prevention]

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The world is already facing a pandemic and another virus named Hantavirus (Orthohantavirus) is all over the social media now.

A man in china dies after tested positive for Hantavirus. People out there are worried and perceiving this virus as another pandemic.

China’s Global Times reported that

A man from China’s Yunnan province tested positive for Hantavirus on Monday. He died while on his way back to Shandong Province for work on a chartered bus. Other than this man, 32 more people have been tested positive.

Let’s have a look at what’s this virus actually is and what are the symptoms?

Hantavirus pulmonary syndrome (HPS) is a rare but deadly viral infection. It has a mortality rate of 38%.

 It is spread by mice and rats. They shed the virus in their urine, droppings, and saliva and by airborne particles containing these items.

Tiny droplets with the virus can enter the air. People can get the disease if they breathe infected air or come into contact with rodents or their urine or droppings. The only good news is

“You cannot catch it from people.”

 

Health officials first identified Hantavirus in an outbreak in 1993 in the U.S. On the other hand, the 2012 outbreak at Yosemite National Park was due to Hantavirus transfer to humans by deer mice.

Early Symptoms

  • Fatigue
  • Fever
  • Muscle aches – thighs, hips, back, and shoulders. 
  • Headaches
  • Dizziness
  • Chills
  • Abdominal problems – nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and pain. 

Late Symptoms

  • Continuous coughing
  • Shortness of breath
  • Lungs start filling with fluid

About half of all HPS patients experience these symptoms. Due to the small number of HPS cases, the “incubation time” is not positively known. However, on the basis of limited information, it appears that symptoms may develop between 1 and 8 weeks after exposure to fresh urine, droppings, or saliva of infected rodents.

Treatment

There is no specific treatment, cure, or vaccine for HPS until now. Patients may be treated if they diagnose with this virus at its early stage. There are quite chances that they need to use a breathing machine and have oxygen therapy.

By summing up all we have till now, it is quite obvious for people to get panic about this virus because most of its symptoms are as same as Coronavirus.

The best prevention of both of these viruses so far is to “Stay home Save lives”

 

 

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