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Man dies in China after testing positive to Hantavirus

Beijing: A man from China’s Yunnan province who tested positive for a virus called Hantavirus has died from the virus on March 23, China’s Global Times reports.

According to Global Times, the man died from the virus while on his way back to Shandong Province of China for work on a chartered bus.

The report also said 32 other people have been tested positive to the virus which according to Centre for Disease Control (CDC) and Prevention had its “first” outbreak in 1993.

Following his death, hantavirus has become a topic of discuss on a micro-blogging social platform, Twitter with people panicking that it was another COVID-19 set to cause the world a new pandemic.

However, contrary to popular belief and social media speculation, hantavirus is unlike Coronavirus.

According Centre for Disease Control (CDC) and Prevention on its website, unlike coronavirus, hantavirus is not airborne and humans who contract the virus usually come into contact with rodents that carry the virus.

CDC says Hantaviruses are a family of viruses spread mainly by rodents and can cause varied disease syndromes in people worldwide.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention fact sheet added that although HPS can’t be passed on from person to person, it can be contracted if someone “touches their eyes, nose or mouth after touching rodent droppings, urine, or nesting materials.”

According to Government of Canada’s Public Health Service, one can get the disease by inhaling virus particles from rodent urine, dropping or saliva dropped into food.

It can also be contracted when rodent waste is served up from vacuuming or sweeping. Rat bites can cause an infection but this is mostly rare.

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