Hantavirus Is Spread From Rodents, Center For Disease Control Reveals

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Hantavirus Is Spread From Rodents, Center For Disease Control Reveals 

 

The Centre for Disease Control and Prevention says that, the hantavirus is a family of viruses which are spread mainly from rodents. It goes on to say that infection with any of the hantavirus can cause hantavirus disease in people.

According to CDC, Each hantavirus serotype has a specific rodent host species and is spread to people via aerosolized virus that is shed in urine, feces, and saliva, and less frequently by a bite from an infected host. The most important hantavirus in the United States that can cause HPS is the Sin Nombre virus, spread by the deer mouse.

Even when the world is trying to find a cure for the dreaded coronavirus pandemic, a report in Global Times said that a man from China‘s Yunnan province died from Hantavirus while on a bus to the Shandong province. All the fellow passengers on the bus have been tested for the virus.

What is Hantavirus?

The Centre for Disease Control says that the virus is spread mainly from rodents. It goes on to say that infection with any of the hantavirus can cause hantavirus disease in people.

“Hantaviruses in the Americas are known as “New World” hantaviruses and may cause hantavirus pulmonary syndrome (HPS). Other hantaviruses, known as “Old World” hantaviruses, are found mostly in Europe and Asia and may cause hemorrhagic fever with renal syndrome (HFRS),” the CDC website said.

The hantavirus case comes at a time when the total count of those infected by novel coronavirus globally is nearing the 400,000 mark and scientists are yet to find a cure for it. The global death toll has crossed the 16,500 mark.

 

Source: CDC – Centre For Disease Control & Prevention

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