The Centre for Disease says that the virus is spread mainly from rodents (rats). It goes on to say that the infection with any of the hantavirus can cause hantavirus disease in people. “Hantaviruses in the Americans are known as “New World” hantaviruses and may cause hantavirus pulmonary syndrome (HPS). Other Hantaviruses, known as “Old World” hantaviruses, are found mostly in Europe and Asia and may cause hemorrhagic fever with renal syndrome (HFRS), said CDC.

What is Hantavirus?

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According to CDC- Hantaviruses are family of viruses spread mainly by rodents and can cause varied disease syndromes in people worldwide. Infection with any hantavirus can produce hantavirus disease in people. Each hantavirus serotype has a specific rodent host species and is spread to people via an aerosolized virus that is shed in urine, feces, and saliva, and less frequently by a bite from an infected host.

Reported cases of Hantavirus Disease?

Even when the whole world is trying to find a cure for the dreaded Coronavirus pandemic, a report in Global Times said that a man from China’s Yunnan province died from Hantavirus while on a bus to the Shandong province. All the fellow passengers on the bus have been tested for the virus.

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Hantavirus Infection in the United States 

According to CDC Hantavirus disease surveillance in the United States began in 1993 during an outbreak of severe respiratory illness in the Four Corners region. Hantavirus pulmonary syndrome  (HPS) became a nationally notifiable disease in 1995 and is now reported through the Nationally Notifiable Disease Surveillance confirmed evidence of Hantavirus infection.

In 2014, the Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists expanded the national reporting of laboratory-confirmed hantavirus infections to include HPS and non-pulmonary hantavirus infection. The reporting of non-pulmonary hantavirus cases began in 2015.

The Hantavirus case comes at a time when the total count of those infected by Novel Coronavirus has risen to 4,54,939 and scientists are yet to find a cure for it. The global death toll has crossed 20,554. The recovered cases are 113,153 and the number of active cases are :321,239, where the patients who are in mild conditions are 307,429 (96%) and those with serious or critical conditions are 13810 (4%).

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