A man reportedly died in China’s Yunnan Province after testing positive for Hantavirus Metro Saga reports. The development was communicated by Global Times which tweeted:
A person from Yunnan Province died while on his way back to Shandong Province for work on a chartered bus on Monday. He was tested positive for #hantavirus. Other 32 people on bus were tested.
According to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC):
Hantaviruses are a family of viruses which are spread mainly by rodents and can cause varied diseases in people.
It can cause hantavirus pulmonary syndrome (HPS) and haemorrhagic fever with renal syndrome (HFRS).
The disease is not airborne and can only spread to people if they come in contact with urine, feces, and saliva of rodents and less frequently by a bite from an infected host.
It is still not clear if there is a new outbreak of Hantavirus in China as the Global Times confirmed just one case so far.
A passenger who died on a bus in China has tested positive for a completely different virus than COVID-19 — one more fatal that often produces very similar symptoms, according to state-run media.
The unidentified victim from Yunnan province died while on a chartered bus heading to his workplace in Shandong province, the state-run Global Times announced in a tweet Monday.
“He was tested positive for #hantavirus. Other 32 people on bus were tested,” the outlet stated, offering no further details.
The suggestion of a new virus starting just as China starts lifting its strict quarantines from COVID-19, which originated in the Asian nation, sparked panic among many on social media, with #hantavirus trending.
However, experts were quick to point out that it is not a new virus — and has only rarely thought to have been passed between humans.
“The #Hantavirus first emerged in 1950s in the American-Korean war in Korea (Hantan river). It spreads from rat/mice if humans ingest their body fluids. Human-human transmission is rare,” Swedish scientist Dr. Sumaiya Shaikh tweeted.
“Please do not panic, unless you plan to eat rats,” she stressed.
The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said hantavirus is rare — but put the death rate at 38 percent.