What are the Signs and symptoms of Hantavirus?
A man in China has reportedly died from the hantavirus, which is one of a family of viruses spread by rodents that can cause disease in humans. The U.S. National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) states that currently, the hantavirus genus includes more than 21 species. The death of the infected death has caused a wave of panic among the citizens as people are worried if they need to brace themselves for another killer virus.
Hantavirus, that causes Korean hemorrhagic fever, is named for the Hantan River area in South Korea where an early outbreak was observed, and was isolated in 1976 by Ho-Wang Lee.
Here’s everything you need to know about the new virus.
What is Hantavirus?
As per the U.S. Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), hantavirus is a family of viruses which spread mainly by rodents and can cause varied diseases in people. is a respiratory disease that can be fatal in some cases.
How does Hantavirus spread?
Hantavirus isn’t airborne and can possibly spread to individuals on the off chance that they interact with the urine, feces, and saliva of rodents (rats) and less frequently by a nibble from a contaminated host. The virus enters the human body through eyes, nose, or mouth.
What are the symptoms of Hantavirus?
Early symptoms include fatigue, fever and muscle aches, especially in the large muscle groups like thighs, hips, back, and sometimes shoulders. Some of them are:
Late symptoms of Hantavirus
Around 4 to 10 days after the initial symptoms, the late symptoms appear. Some of them are:
Shortness of breath
Lungs filled with fluid
Is Hantavirus harmful like Coronavirus?
Though the symptoms are somewhat similar to that of coronavirus, from the reports, it is clear that people do not need to fear the disease like the coronavirus that is on rampage affecting people worldwide with a death toll over thousands.
How to know if you have it?
Symptoms are similar to many other diseases such as regular flu, pneumonia, influenza, and coronavirus.
Is Hantavirus Airborne?
No, Hantavirus is not airborne.
Is there a cure?
It has no known treatment or vaccines. Those infected with the virus are kept in the ICU to monitor and ease their respiratory distress.