While the whole world is distressed with the devastating rise of coronavirus pandemic, another deadly virus has surfaced in China, killing a man. The virus has been identified as Hantavirus, and it was discovered in China’s Shandong province.
The man who was tested positive for the virus later died due to the infection caused by Hantavirus. The unidentified victim was reportedly traveling on a local bus from his hometown in Yunnan province to his work area in Shandong province. A state-run news agency first confirmed the news through their Twitter handle.
The health officials and scientists claim that the virus isn’t fatal as coronavirus but can be severe and deadly if a person gets infected. The people infected with The Hantavirus reportedly show similar symptoms as the patients infected from coronavirus. The reports claimed that the Hantavirus was previously discovered in the 1950s during the American-Korean war in Korea. The Hantavirus was named after the Hantan River in Korea, as the virus was first recorded near the river.
The medical experts reported that the human-to-human transmission is very rare in the case of Hantavirus. The virus spreads only when a person is exposed to urines or feces of infected rats and rodents. The virus has been seen in other countries through the decades, but none of them have reported about human-to-human transmission.
The virus isn’t as deadly as it can’t be transmitted between humans, but it can be severe after a person gets infected. Scientists also confirmed that the virus is more deadly than coronavirus if it infects a human being. While there is an 80% recovery rate after getting infected with the coronavirus, Hantavirus can take your life without a promising recovery rate.
The common symptoms of the Hantavirus include shortness of breath, nausea, fever, and dry cough. The rise of the virus has created panic among Internet users who are assuming that the infection can spread like coronavirus—but that is not the case.