While the world is still wrestling with the Coronavirus pandemic, news from the local Chinese media over the suspicious death of a man shook the nation. As per the reports, a Chinese man died of Hantavirus, an old family of viruses, which mainly spreads through rodents or rats. This news has set ripples in China which is speculating to lift the lockdown.
According to the reports published by Communist regime’s English newspaper, Global Times, a Yunnan Province local in Southwestern China died on a chartered bus on his way to Shandong Province for work. Hours after which, his blood samples tested positive and the other passengers on the bus have been tested for the same. In no time, the name of the disease trended on social media tasing concerns amidst the Corona chaos.
But what is Hantavirus? Is it as dangerous as Coronavirus?
According to The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in the USA, Hantavirus is spread from wild rodents to people who come into contact with rodent urine, saliva, and feces. A rodent’s bite can also spread this virus. However, it is rarely known to have spread from person to person. Reports also reveal that hantavirus is not airborne. The virus infection has a mortality rate of 38 per cent as per the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) which there is no specific vaccine or medicine for it.