A person who died in China Monday reportedly examined optimistic for a hantavirus, however that does not essentially imply it is best to fear one other pandemic is coming.
Hantaviruses are a household of virus that unfold via rodents, in keeping with the U.S. Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention.
In Yunnan Province, a person died on his manner again to Shandong Province, in accordance to World Occasions, an English-language Chinese language information outlet.
“He was examined optimistic for #hantavirus. Different 32 folks on bus have been examined,” the information outlet tweeted.
The tweet, despatched amid a pandemic attributable to a brand new coronavirus, has been shared greater than 15,000 occasions.
Although nations throughout the globe are on excessive alert as a result of uncertainty across the coronavirus, there isn’t any indication that the hantavirus poses a worldwide public well being menace.
In line with the CDC, hantavirus instances are uncommon, they usually unfold because of shut contact with rodent urine, droppings or saliva.
Sure sorts of rats and mice in the US can carry the virus, which is transmitted when somebody breathes in contaminated air.
“The hantaviruses that trigger human sickness in the US can’t be transmitted from one particular person to a different,” the CDC says on its web site. Uncommon instances in Chile and Argentina have seen person-to-person transmission when an individual is in shut contact with somebody sickened by a sort of hantavirus referred to as Andes virus, the CDC says.
Within the U.S., the virus may cause hantavirus pulmonary syndrome, a extreme respiratory illness that may be deadly. Signs embrace fatigue, fever, muscle aches, complications, dizziness, chills, and belly issues. Coughing and shortness of breath can happen later within the illness because the lungs fill with liquid, the CDC says,
Hemorrhagic fever with renal syndrome, discovered principally in Europe and Asia, may happen, which causes ache, fever, chills, nausea, and blurred imaginative and prescient, the CDC says. Extra critical signs embrace acute kidney failure.
Circumstances in the US have usually been concentrated within the western and southwestern states.
From 1993 to 2017, there have been solely 728 confirmed hantavirus instances in the US, with most being non-fatal, in keeping with CDC knowledge. Compared, since late January, when the first recognized coronavirus case was recognized within the U.S., there have been 46,805 confirmed coronavirus instances nationwide, in keeping with a Johns Hopkins College tracker.
In Could 1993, a hantavirus outbreak occurred in an space between Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado and Utah. A 2012 outbreak in Yosemite sickened 10 folks. In seven states, 17 folks have been contaminated in a 2017 outbreak.