A new virus has claimed the life of a man in Yunnan province of China, after testing positive to Hantavirus.
The man according to China’s Global Times reports, died while on his way back to Shandong Province for work on a chartered bus.
The report of the man’s death has left many people panicking, with many alleging it was another COVID-19 ready to cause a new pandemic. However, unlike coronavirus, hantavirus is not airborne.
According to reports, humans can only contract the hantavirus only when they come into contact with rodents 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 HPS infection if exposed to the virus,” Centre for Disease Control and Prevention said in its website.
Although the new virus can’t 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, according to reports.
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