People are really out here, worrying that coronavirus just called for back-up: The deadly strain of COVID-19 has topped 300 000 cases worldwide, with deaths above the 13 000-mark. But recent reports of a fatality caused by the Hantavirus in China may have been taken greatly out of context.
It’s understood a bus passenger died earlier this week, as a direct result of being infected by Hantavirus. Some reports claim 32 other travellers on board were also tested. Of course, the topic soon trended on social media, and had people fearing that yet another pandemic could be on its way.
That, however, is simply not true. Certainly not at the moment, anyway. Hantavirus is contracted through deer mice, a very specific breed of rodent. They tend to live in rural woodlands, and the disease they can carry is passed via their saliva, urine or even fecal matter.
Here’s the clincher – and something that should help us all sleep a little easier tonight: Hantavirus isn’t a new phenomenon, and dealing with it won’t be as troublesome as the coronavirus outbreak has proved to be. importantly, it cannot be transmitted between humans: So the risk to life is much, much lower.
Although it possesses some similarities to COVID-19, Hantavirus isn’t necessarily going to wreak as much havoic:
JUST SO YOU KNOW: hanta virus CANNOT be transmitted from human to human. here's the other details. #Hantavirus— g e g e (@jinjjataee) March 24, 2020
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Although quite rare in South Africa, extermination experts Rentokil have outlined the threat this illness can pose. But don’t get too stressed – it may be a killer, but Hantavirus doesn’t hold a candle to coronavirus.
“Mouse droppings and urine trails are one of the main causes of rodent-borne diseases. These harmful pathogens could be contracted via touch or sometimes they mix with dust, which if disturbed can be inhaled.”
“A number of different diseases can be contracted from mouse droppings and urine. The hantavirus infects rodents, they become carriers of the disease and infect people via their droppings, saliva and urine. Other common viruses spread by mice are E. Coli, Lyme disease and Murine Typhus.”Rentokil
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