When the whole world is fighting against cor-ona vi-rus to saving people life. We are getting an incident in china where a man who di ed on a bus in China has tested positive for a vi-rus more fatal than Co- vid-19 that has very similar symptoms, state media reports.The victim died on a vehicle in Shandong as he made his way to work and was found to be suffering from h anta vi-rus.
News of the death comes just as the country is lifting quarantines implemented to deal with the novel cor- ona vi-rus that originated in Wuhan. Yesterday the Global Times informed followers of the reason behind the worker’s death on social media, tweeting: ‘He was tested positive for h anta vi-rus. Other 32 people on bus were tested.’
The incident has sparked panic across China, with #h anta vi-rus trending on social media.
Experts have reassured the public that this is not a new vi-rus and is thought to only pass through humans in rare circumstances, unlike Co- vid-19, which has sparked a pandemic.
Swedish scientist Dr Sumaiya Shaikh tweeted: ‘The #H anta vi-rus first emerged in 1950s in the American-Korean war in Korea (H antan river). ‘It spreads from rat/mice if humans ingest their body fluids. Human-human transmission is rare. Please do not panic, unless you plan to eat rats.’
Although h anta vi-rus is rare, it carries a 38 per cent death rate according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Exposure to the urine, droppings or saliva of infected rodents can result in the vi-rus being transmitted, as can bites from infected rats and mice. The symptoms are remarkably similar to those present in patients battling Cov- id-19 and include shortness of breath, coughing, headaches and fevers.
One person who recovered from the h anta vi-rus told the CDC that it felt like ‘a tight band around my chest and a pillow over my face’.
The CDC says: ‘In Chile and Argentina, rare cases of person-to-person transmission have occurred.
‘There is no specific treatment, cure, or vaccine for h anta vi-rus infection,” the CDC warned, saying patients often need intensive care to “help them through the period of severe respiratory distress.”
‘Therefore, if you have been around rodents and have symptoms of fever, deep muscle aches, and severe shortness of breath, see your doctor immediately.
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