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New virus in China: Hantavirus

On 23.04.2020, China has reported a new virus of affection. The name of the new virus is Hantavirus. Hantavirus may cause Hantavirus pulmonary syndrome (HPS). New virus in China: Hantavirus has two forms. In the USA it is called “new world virus” which causes HPS and in Asia, it is called “old World virus” which causes Hemorrhagic fever with renal syndrome.

Nowadays the world is busy with finding a cure for Covid-19. But Hantavirus arises in china as a new source of infection. A man of china from Yunan province died from the hantavirus.

He worked on a charter bus. The Chinese daily the global times mentioned that 32 fellow bus passengers were tested also. But the authority hasn’t published the result.

What is Hantavirus? (The new virus in China)

Each hantavirus serotype has a specific rodent host species. Hantavirus causes severe fatal respiratory disease. It was first discovered in 1993 in America.

Affected rats and mice transmit the virus. Hantavirus in the body leads to fatigue and muscle aches, as well as headaches.


This is not a new virus as we have studied it before. Early symptoms include muscle ache, headache, and fever. There may also be headaches, dizziness, chills, and abdominal problems, such as nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and abdominal pain.

The late symptoms cause cough and short breath like covid-19. So in the time of covid-19 pandemic hantavirus may create confusion with the similarity of symptoms.

Hantavirus has a high mortality rate and which is around 38%.

Prevention of Hantavirus

We should control the rodent population near our house.Besides this, an individual should avoid contact with rodent loo, saliva, urine and nesting materials.

China’s government is busy with the novel coronavirus. Besides this they also have a high rate of disease spreading. If the medical sector ignores the new virus (hantavirus), it may cause a great loss to the nation.

It is time to identify the source of the virus spreading and take steps to prevent its spreading. Either the situation will be beyond control.

Keep calm and clean to fight with the new virus in China, Hantavirus. Consciousness is very much required to fight in this world nowadays.



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