There was information around the world about a man from China who had died on a bus while traveling to work. Although initially suspected of having a coronavirus, the cause of death was completely different. However, scientists explained.
While the world is struggling with the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus pandemic, the media reports deaths from subsequent infections. The news of the death of a Chinese citizen as a result of “hantavirus” infection certainly caused a lot of concern among many people. Scientists explained and although they do not question the danger of the virus, they ensure that the next epidemic will not threaten us.
In the Yunnan province of China, one of the passengers died while traveling by bus. According to local media, it was initially suspected that death was due to COVID-19 disease. In connection with ensuring maximum safety to the remaining persons on board the vehicle, they were all tested for coronavirus. It turned out that the man was infected with hantavirus.
The American Center for Disease Control and Prevention ensures that hantavirus cannot be transmitted from person to person, so it spreads differently than SARS-COV-2. Therefore, we should not be afraid of a new epidemic.
Hantavirus What is it?
Hantavirus belongs to the group of viruses found all over the world. They are spread mainly by rodents (rats, mice), in which they do not cause the slightest disease symptoms – unlike humans, in which they can cause very serious ailments.
Man is infected with hantavirus by absorption through the nose, mouth or eyes – saliva and urine (including its vapors) of a sick rat or mouse, as well as water and food contaminated with rodent secretions. The virus can also enter the human body through damaged skin, as well as the bite of an infected creature.
Infection with hantavirus primarily threatens people living in poor sanitary conditions. Cases of infection are also more frequently reported in villages and forest environments.
– Hantaviruses have been present in the world for hundreds of years, and the infections caused by them are mainly recorded in China. There are up to 100,000 infections annually, says Dr. Tania Elliott of the University of New York. The main symptoms of hantavirus infection are primarily weakness, muscle aches, fever, and dizziness. In the following phases, diarrhea and abdominal pain may appear, as well as shortness of breath.