Hantavirus symptoms include muscle fatigue, aches, and pains. Amid the coronavirus pandemic, China has reported one death from the rodent-related illness.
Like coronavirus, the new world hantavirus affects the human pulmonary system. New world hantavirus is common in the United States. It cannot be transferred from person to person. In Asia and Europe, the virus is known as old-world hantavirus. Old-world hantavirus can be transferred from person to person, but it is extremely rare.
1 Person Has Died & 32 Others Are Being Tested for Hanta virus in China
Numerous reports from China on March 24 said 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, considered the first epicenter of the coronavirus pandemic. The man was traveling along with a group of other people on a chartered work bus to the Shandong Province.
The Center for Disease Control 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 hantavirus is fatal in 38 percent of cases. In can take anywhere between one week and eight weeks for a person to exhibit symptoms.
The Most Common Symptoms of Hanta virus Involve Muscle Aches, Fever & Fatigue
The most common symptoms of hantavirus 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.
The CDC says that the Rodent virus can cause late symptoms. The department’s website says that those symptoms include “coughing and shortness of breath, with the sensation of, as one survivor put it, a “…tight band around my chest and a pillow over my face” as the lungs fill with fluid.”
Common house pets such as cats and dogs are not known to carry hantavirus. The biggest risk involving cats and dogs if they kill rodents and bring them into the home. The CDC advises people to wear protective N95 masks while cleaning up after rodents.
While There Is No Cure of Hantavirus, You Are More Likely to Get Struck by Lightening Then Contract it
The chief of infectious diseases and infection control at UC Davis Medical Center, Stuart Cohen, said in 2017 that the chances of catching new world hantavirus were extremely rare. Cohen said, “Hantavirus pulmonary syndrome is rare — the chance of getting the disease is 1 in 13,000,000, which is less likely than being struck by lightning.”
There is no known cure or vaccine for hantavirus. Therapy including mechanical ventilation with supplemental oxygen. While the primary strategy for dealing with outbreaks is rodent population control.