Amid Coronavirus, COVID-19 outbreak and lockdown announced in several countries around the world, another question on the lips of many is what is hantavirus?
Everyevery.ng gathered that it is a rodent-related illness, and like COVID-19, it affects the human pulmonary system.
The new virus became popular as numerous reports from China indicated that a man had been diagnosed with hantavirus on March 23 and died shortly after.
The man lived in the Yunnan Province of China. Yunnan is located 1,000 miles west of Wuhan which was considered the first epicenter of the coronavirus pandemic.
What Is Hantavirus?
The Center for Disease Control, CDC says that rodent infestation is the biggest cause of hantavirus.
A person can contract the virus by touching their eyes, nose or mouth after touching a rodent, a rodent’s nest or rodent droppings.
The CDC says that the vrisu is fatal in 38 percent of cases. In can take anywhere between one week and eight weeks for a person to exhibit symptoms.
Symptoms of hantavirus
The most common symptoms of the virus are fatigue, muscle ache, and fever. The pain is prevalent in the thighs, hips, and back as well as the shoulders in some cases.
In about 50 percent of cases, sufferers went through headaches, dizziness, chills, and abdominal problems, such as nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and abdominal pain.