According to the CDC, Hantaviruses are a family of viruses spread mainly by rodents and can cause varied disease syndromes in people worldwide. Infection with any hantavirus can produce hantavirus disease in people. Hantaviruses in the Americas are known as “New World” hantaviruses and may cause hantavirus pulmonary syndrome (HPS). Other hantaviruses, known as “Old World” hantaviruses, are found mostly in Europe and Asia and may cause hemorrhagic fever with renal syndrome (HFRS).
a Chinese National from the Yunnan Province, who tested positive for hantavirus, died on a chartered bus on Monday, leading to reports that the 32 other passengers of the bus were also immediately tested.
The news,was reported on Tuesday, has gone viral on social media platforms amid the scare of coronavirus pandemic with thousands people tweeting about it and calling on the government to control it however not all of it is true.
As seen in Chile and Argentina, rare cases of person-to-person transmission have occurred among close contacts of a person who were ill with a type of hantavirus called Andes virus,” says CDC.
Mostly, the hantavirus is only spread when virus-containing particles from rodent urine, droppings, or saliva are stirred into the air, according to CDC. Meaning its not deadly nor contagious and cant cause worldwide pandemic as the coronavirus
Because of the fear of coronavirus, so much misleading information are circulating as a result of the millions of people it has affected but it’s important to stay informed and rely on credible sources of information at this time.
More than 377,000 people have been infected by the coronavirus across the world and 16,500 have died due to the COVID-19 and hundreds of cities have imposed strict lockdowns to try to contain the outbreak and reduce further spread>chaosafrica