As the world battles, the scourge of Coronavirus, a Chinese man from the province of Yunnan has reportedly died after testing positive to Hantavirus.
China’s Global Times reported that the man died while on his way back to Shandong Province on a chartered bus.
The news has led to some sort of panic, most especially on social media. Some people felt it is another Coronavirus that may lead to a new pandemic.
It should, however, be noted that unlike COVID-19, hantavirus is not airborne.
An infection could, however, occur when a human comes in contact with rodents already infected with the virus.
Hantavirus transmission is in some ways similar to Lassa fever, which can also be transferred from rodents.
Information on the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s website shows even healthy individuals who are exposed to rodents carrying the virus could be at risk. “Rodent infestation in and around the home remains the primary risk for hantavirus exposure. Even healthy individuals are at risk for HPS infection if exposed to the virus,” it says.
HPS can be contacted if someone touches the nose, mouth or eyes after touching infected rodent urine, nesting materials or droppings.