With the entire world under lockdown due to the growing coronavirus pandemic, another virus has been discovered in China. Recently, it was reported that a man died in China and was found to have hantavirus. Already people being in a panic due to the ongoing global situation, this news spread out like wildfire creating more fuss. So here are some details regarding the virus that you should know about. This will help to prevent the spread of fake news.
What is Hantavirus?
Hantavirus or Orthohantavirus are RNA viruses that are named after the Han river in South Korea. This is not a new virus that has been recently developed. The first outbreak of this virus occurred in Korea in the year 1976. The main cause of this virus is found to be rodents. Humans can get infected through contact with rodents saliva, urine or feces. It can be cured and is not a major threat. Sometimes, it can lead to critical situations such as causing HCPS (hantavirus cardiopulmonary syndrome ), or HFRS (Hemorrhagic fever with renal syndrome).
Can there be a hantavirus pandemic like the coronavirus?
With the recent case of a man dying in China due to hantavirus, there has been much speculation whether there is another pandemic coming towards the world. As per the facts, Hantavirus doesn’t spread from human-to-human contact and thus it is very unlikely of turning into a global disease. The only sources of infections are found to be through rodents excreta. In the past, there have been cases reported of the virus spreading through human contact. Later it was found to be a type of hantavirus. Necessary Precautions must be taken in order to prevent the spread of it.
What precautions can be taken to prevent it?
Above are the listed steps which we can carry out to prevent the spread of hantavirus.
- We can prevent getting infected by having minimum contact with rodents at our homes, buildings or workplaces.
- We can keep our nearby places clean from rodents excreta like their urine, saliva or feces.
- Covering up the small holes and crevices in our home or other places from where rodents can enter easily.
- Setting up rat traps or poisons in order to kill them.
Till now, there has been no vaccine generated. Previously, trials were made but none of them received any approval.