All about Hantavirus

Hi Guys…..!!…. In this blog we are going to discuss in brief all about Hantavirus. So, let’s get started…….

 

As the world continues to struggle with the accelerating coronavirus pandemic, there are fears that another deadly illness has the potential to comb the world.

It’s been reported that an individual from China’s Yunnan has died after testing positive for hantavirus, a rare kind of virus transmitted from rodents to humans.

The man died on his way back to Shandong Province, consistent with Global Times, an English-language publication based in China.

The news has caused much consternation online, and Global Times’ original tweet has been shared thousands of times;

somewhat understandable within this climate.

But is it something we should always always be worried about? Here are the facts:

What is hantavirus?

Hantaviruses are viruses that normally cause infection in rats and other rodents, but don’t cause disease in them.

Such viruses can be transmitted to humans through a rodent’s urine, saliva or feces, though this is often rare.

Some strains – if they’re transmitted to humans – can cause fatal diseases like hantavirus pulmonary syndrome (HPS).

A rare respiratory disease which on the face of it’d appear not too dissimilar to COVID-19.

Cases of hantaviruses – named after the Han River area in South Korea where an epidemic was first observed within the 70s – are reported on all continents except Australia.

About 150,000 cases are thought to occur annually worldwide.

That’s according to the UK Government’s guidance, which hasn’t been updated in nearly 12 years, which provides an idea of the shortage of threat we’re handling.

“Very few cases of hantavirus infection are confirmed within the UK,” they say, “although there are seroprevalence data to suggest that exposure does occur.”

What are the symptoms?

No, ‘hantavirus’ isn’t going to be subsequent global pandemic (Photo by Jane Barlow – WPA Pool/Getty Images)

The symptoms of hantavirus pulmonary syndrome include fever, cough, headache, lethargy, and shortness of breath.

which rapidly deteriorates into respiratory failure, even with the assistance of mechanical ventilation.

The disease is assumed to possess a death rate of 36%, though cases remain rare.

Should I be worried?

No. Hantavirus is extremely unlikely to be a subsequent global pandemic.

Hantaviruses are recorded for several years, and are not a replacement phenomenon;

one fatality from the virus doesn’t cause for concern and hardly constitutes an ‘outbreak’.

The already uncommon viruses are rarely spread between humans.

Although human-to-human transmission of a consistent virus was reported in South America in both 2005 and 2019.

Hantaviruses have almost entirely been linked to human contact with rodent excrement.

Normally, news of a man’s death from hantavirus complications wouldn’t bring compelling news.

But given hantavirus’ status as a relative unknown that appears scary written down, which the victim came from China – where COVID-19 is assumed to possess originated.

It all makes for a couple of must-read headlines during this age of uncertainty.

How am I ready to avoid hantavirus?

If a while isn’t already haunted enough with practicing social distancing and washing your hands to avoid COVID-19.

There are sort of steps you’ll fancy avoid contracting hantavirus.

“Simple hygiene precautions like washing your hands after handling rats or their bedding and cage should be applied,”.

Click here to go to the WHO website.

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