Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome (HPS): Man dies in China after testing positive to another virus

A man has been reported dead in Yunnan province of China after testing positive to Hantavirus. He died while returning to Shandong Province for work on a bus, China’s Global Times reports.

Hantavirus is now trending on social media following the report with people panicking that it could be another COVID-19 ready to cause a new pandemic. Unlike coronavirus, this virus is not known to be airborne.

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“Rodent infestation in and around the home remains the primary risk for hantavirus exposure. Even healthy individuals are at risk for HPS nfection if exposed to the virus,” Centre for Disease Control and Prevention said in its website.

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Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome cannot be passed on from person to person. It can be contracted if someone touches their eyes, nose or mouth after touching rodent droppings, urine, or nesting materials, states Centers for Disease Control and Prevention fact sheet.

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