China Confirms First Case of Deadly HantaVirus Outbreak

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A Chinese citizen reportedly died while on his way to work and tested positive for the deadly HantaVirus disease.

According to China’s English News Agency – Global Times, a man from Yunnan Province succumbed while on a chartered bus en route to Shandong Province for work.

Medical examination confirmed that he was positive for Hantavirus.

Other 32 people who were on the same bus also tested positive.

HantaVirus also known as Orthohantavirus is a group of viruses which cause varied disease syndromes in human beings and are spread by rodents.

It is a single-stranded, enveloped, negative-sense RNA virus in the family Hantaviridae of the order Bunyavirales.

These viruses infect rodents but do not cause disease in them. Humans become infected with hantaviruses through contact with rodent urine, saliva, or feces.

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However, Hantavirus is not new. It already exists around the world, and cannot be transmitted from person to person.

The outbreak of the HantaVirus in China comes amidst the ongoing fight against Corona Virus ( COVID -19) which was first reported in Wuhan province.

According to Centre for Disease Control and Prevention, Rodent infestation in and near homesteads poses great risk for exposure to the virus.

A human being can contract the virus by touching his/her eyes, nose or mouth after touching rodent feces, nests and urine.

Animals which most spread the virus to human beings include rats, mice, and deer.

HantaVirus Symptoms

The virus once contracted by a human being undergoes two stages.

In its first phase, it is difficult to distinguish from pneumonia, influenza and other viral conditions.

A person experience flu-like symptoms that include; fever & child, Headaches and muscle aches and vomiting, diarrhea or abdominal pains.

After one week, extreme symptoms begin which include coughing, difficulty in breathing, fluid accumulation in the lungs and low blood pressure.


According to medical experts, The treatment is very limited as there is no cure.

Early detection, however, increases the chances of proper prognosis provided the patient is subjected to specialized and proper medication.

P Mutisya

Digital Journalist & PR Consultant 

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