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China confirms hantavirus outbreak, 1st death reported

Captured from the Global Times
Captured from the Global Times

By Park Si-soo

China has confirmed the outbreak of hantavirus, sparking fears on social media of another coronavirus-like pandemic.

One person died of the rodent-carried infection on Monday, the Global Times, a state-controlled Chinese publication, reported.

"A person from Yunnan Province died while he was on his way back to Shandong Province for work on a chartered bus on Monday," the publication tweeted, along with a photo of someone being screened for COVID-19. "He tested positive for #hantavirus. The other 32 people on the bus were tested."

Hantavirus is a rare virus that infects humans through dust contaminated by the saliva, urine or feces of a rodent. It causes a disease that attacks the heart and kills about 36-40 percent of patients, but it doesn't spread from person to person.

Symptoms include fever, muscle aches, headaches, coughing, nausea and vomiting. Some patients can develop severe or life-threatening symptoms and it can take up to six weeks from the time of exposure for symptoms to appear.


Captured from the Global Times
Captured from the Global Times

By Park Si-soo

China has confirmed the outbreak of hantavirus, sparking fears on social media of another coronavirus-like pandemic.

One person died of the rodent-carried infection on Monday, the Global Times, a state-controlled Chinese publication, reported.

"A person from Yunnan Province died while he was on his way back to Shandong Province for work on a chartered bus on Monday," the publication tweeted, along with a photo of someone being screened for COVID-19. "He tested positive for #hantavirus. The other 32 people on the bus were tested."

Hantavirus is a rare virus that infects humans through dust contaminated by the saliva, urine or feces of a rodent. It causes a disease that attacks the heart and kills about 36-40 percent of patients, but it doesn't spread from person to person.

Symptoms include fever, muscle aches, headaches, coughing, nausea and vomiting. Some patients can develop severe or life-threatening symptoms and it can take up to six weeks from the time of exposure for symptoms to appear.


Park Si-soo pss@koreatimes.co.kr

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