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As per the reports, the man from Yunnan Province in Southwest China was on his way back to Shandong Province for work on a bus on Monday. All the 32 people on the bus were tested but the results are not yet revealed. Also Read - Coronavirus in India: 65-Year-Old COVID-19 Patient Dies in Mumbai, Death Toll Rises to 10
As soon as the news broke, netizens started a discussion over the same and panicked over the new virus.
Soon hashtag #Hantavirus became the top trend on Twitter. One user tweeted, “#Hantavirus China dropping these viruses like they got an album coming. #Hantavirus.”
Another user wrote, “China at it again!!! Chinese virus still killing people globally and now Hantavirus. Why did heck will someone eat an uncooked rat? #COVID19 #Hantavirus.”
One more user shared a meme and wrote, “Pehle Corona, ab #Hantavirus The whole world to China.”
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What is Hantavirus?
Before panicking and jumping to conclusion, you should know the facts about the virus.
Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome is a respiratory disease caused by infection with hantaviruses. It can be severe and fatal in some cases in humans.
The virus is usually spread by rodents’ urine, faeces, saliva as the virus usually infects the rodents. The virus is not airborne but can be transmitted from one person to another if someone touches their eyes, nose or mouth after touching rodent dropping, urine or nesting materials.
The symptoms include fatigue, fever, muscle aches, headaches, dizziness, chills and abdominal problems such as vomiting and diarrhoea. The late symptoms include lungs filling up with fluids and shortness of breath.
Hantavirus cases in India:
There have been several cases of hantavirus in India in the past. In 2008, 28 people from the Irula community in Tamil Nadu’s Vellore district reported contracting the virus. In 2016, a 12-year-old boy in Mumbai died of the disease. It was reported that he was bleeding from the lungs.
Outbreak of Hantavirus:
The very first outbreak of Hantavirus dates back in 1993 in southwestern United States in provinces including Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado and Utah. A young man hailing from Navajo was suffering from shortness of breath and died immediately.
Medical personnel discovered that man’s fiance had died a few days before and had shown similar symptoms. Similar cases also came out in Canada, Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Panama, Paraguay and Uruguay.
It should be noted that 15-20 per cent deer mice are infected with hantavirus but it is rare for humans to contract the disease because virus dies shortly after contact with sunlight.