It is the year of the rat in China. But for the world, 2020 is the year of Chinese virus.
After Sars and Mers outbreaks in the first decade of the century, the ‘killer’ Coronavirus took the world by storm this year.
Now another deadly virus — Hantavirus — has been found to kill a Chinese man in Yunnan province.
Yunnan borders on India , Myanmar, Laos and Vietnam.
The man died after testing positive for Hantavirus while on his way back to Shandong Province for work on a chartered bus, the Global Times has reported.
A person from Yunnan Province died while on his way back to Shandong Province for work on a chartered bus on Monday. He was tested positive for #hantavirus. Other 32 people on bus were tested.
Reports said 32 other people have been tested positive, the report added.
The news on Hantavirus set the panic-button across the globe on Tuesday.
People started panicking that it was another COVID-19-like killer ready to cause a new pandemic.
It has been found that humans who contract the Hantavirus usually come into contact with rodents — rat and mice.
Rodents are carrier of Hanta virus.
Hantavirus can be contracted if someone touches their eyes, nose or mouth after touching rodent droppings, urine, or nesting materials.
Early symptoms of Hantavirus include fever, headache, muscle ache, abdominal pain, dizziness, chills and abdominal problems.
Hantavirus patients also have symptoms of nausea, vomiting and diarrhoea.
Late symptoms include lungs fill with fluid and shortness of breath but Hantavirus is said to be an old virus , to combat which vaccines and antidotes are available.