According to a Press release, a man from Yunnan, China, tested positive for Hantavirus, a new virus, on Monday.
Reports revealed that he died while on his way back to Shandong Province, for work, on a chartered bus.
32 other people have also tested positive for the virus, according to reports.
The social media was in panic, following his unexplainable death, as people feared that it is another Covid-19, ready to cause more global chaos.
According to the sources, unlike coronavirus, hantavirus does not spread in the air. In fact, humans who contract the hantavirus, usually come into contact with rodents (mammals of the order rodentia) that carry the virus.
“Rodent infestation in and around the home, remains the primary risk for hantavirus exposure. Even healthy individuals are at risk for Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome, HPS, infection, if exposed to the virus”, the Centre for Disease Control and Prevention said on its website.
However, HPS 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, the Centre for Disease Control and Prevention fact sheet revealed.
Among the early symptoms of the virus include fever, headache, muscle ache, abdominal pain, dizziness, chills, and abdominal problems, such as nausea, vomiting, diarrhea. About half of all HPS patients experience these symptoms.
Moreover, late symptoms include lungs filled with fluid, and shortness of breath.