Hantavirus: What Is This New Virus, How Is It Affecting China In The Worst Way


David Mudd

A new virus by the name Hantavirus is born in China. The world is already dealing with coronavirus and now they might have a new virus to worry about. Read ahead to Know More.

What is Hantavirus

Center for Disease Control defines hantavirus as a family of viruses spread mainly by rodents. Furthermore, it causes many diseases in people. Moreover, it causes Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome(HPS) and Haemorrhagic Fever with Renal Syndrome(HFRS) in humans.

Hantavirus is not an air-borne disease. Furthermore, it is spread to people coming in contact with rodent’s saliva, feces, and urine. The virus first occurred in China back in 1950.

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Symptoms Of Hantavirus


Dizziness, muscle ache, headaches, fever, stomach pain, and fatigue are major symptoms of the hantavirus. Furthermore, HFRS can cause acute kidney failure, vascular leakage, and low blood pressure.

Preventing the rodent population is the primary cure of hantavirus. Moreover, people should not worry much about this virus. This is because it is an old virus and the cure is available. Also, its transmission from person to person is very rare. Right now people should be more worried about the coronavirus.

Effect In China

China is the epicenter of the coronavirus. Even though it has brought control over coronavirus in the country, it now gave birth to one more virus.  A man in China was tested positive for hantavirus. Furthermore, he was from Yunnan Province.

However, on 23rd March 2020, he died on the bus while going back home. There were 32 other people on the bus. Furthermore, all 32 people were tested for the virus. Luckily everyone on board including the bus driver tested negative.


After that, no other cases of were reported in China. Furthermore, The World Health Organisation stated that the world should not worry about hantavirus. Moreover, people should stay inside and practice social distancing.

It is not an air-borne disease, unlike the coronavirus. Therefore it will not spread from one person to another through any means.