… first victim dies in Shandong Province
As the world continues to battle with coronavirus pandemic, China has discovered another virus which has already claimed its first victim in Shandong Province.
The name is Hantaviruses. It is a different strain of virus, spread mainly by rodents and can cause varied disease syndromes in people worldwide. You may want to relate it with Nigeria’s own LASSA fever but it is not the same thing.
According to China’s Global Times , the first victim, -a man, died while on his way back to Shandong Province for work on a chartered bus.
This has opened a new vista virus battle in a world still struggling to contain the deadly coronavirus.
Hantavirus is a disease that affects both the pulmonary region, as well as the kidneys. A human can get the virus when he or she comes in contact with the faeces or urine of a rodent who is carrying the virus. Centre for Disease Control and Prevention says, “Rodent infestation in and around the home remains the primary risk for hantavirus exposure. Even healthy individuals are at risk for HPS infection if exposed to the virus.
The symptoms of Hantavirus are quite similar to that of coronavirus. fever, headache, muscle ache, abdominal pain, dizziness, chills, nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea are red flags. Late symptoms include lungs fill with fluid and shortness of breath.