In China, a rodent-borne virus called Hantavirus has reportedly emerged as the world struggles to control the spread of coronavirus.
A 32-year-old man from Yunnan died on a bus to Shandong according to the World Times of China. The man’s posthumous tests showed that he was Hantavirus infected. All 32 bus passengers were screened for the same disease by health authorities.
A person from Yunnan Province died while on his way back to Shandong Province for work on a chartered bus on Monday. He was tested positive for #hantavirus. Other 32 people on bus were tested. pic.twitter.com/SXzBpWmHvW— Global Times (@globaltimesnews) March 24, 2020
The news of another virus emerging in China has sparked fears among social media users that this disease could also snowball into a global crisis like the COVID-19.
As per the Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (CDCP), humans who contract the Hantavirus usually come into contact with four types of rodents that carry the virus; deer mouse, cotton rat, rice rat, white-footed mouse.
Hantavirus has symptoms similar to Coronavirus such as fever, shortness of breath, headache, muscle pain, chills, stomach problems, and dizziness. However, unlike Coronavirus, Hantavirus does not spread from human to human, according to CDCP.