Hantavirus in China: 5 things you need to know about the virus

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​Another virus?
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​Another virus?

On March 24, China reported a virus-related death, but this one wasn’t from the coronavirus. The man who died tested positive for the hantavirus - a virus that is primarily spread by rodents and has a variety of symptoms.

Here’s what you need to know about this virus.

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​What is Hantavirus?
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​What is Hantavirus?

The Centre for Disease Control says that the virus is spread mainly from rodents. It goes on to say that infection with any of the hantavirus can cause hantavirus disease in people.

The virus can cause hantavirus pulmonary syndrome (HPS) and hemorrhagic fever with renal syndrome (HFRS).

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​Spread
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​Spread

The hantavirus can spread to people through contact with urine, feces, and saliva, and by a bite from an infected host (usually rodents).

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​Cure
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​Cure

So far, there is no cure for this virus but if patients are diagnosed early on they can be hospitalised and provided intensive care so as to avoid fatality.

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​Prevention
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​Prevention

In the absence of a cure, medical professionals advise rodent control as the primary measure to halt the spread of the hantavirus.

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