A man from Yunnan Province, southwest China, died on Monday after falling ill with the new killer hantavirus disease. However, he did not test positive for the deadly coronavirus.
The man from Lincang, who worked for an aquatic food company in East China’s Shandong Province, fell ill when passing through Ningshan county.
He died at 7am on Monday morning according to Global Times.
“He was tested positive for hantavirus. 32 other people were also tested,” the news outlet tweeted.
Samples have been submitted for testing after an additional two people with fever and other people accompanying the man have also been submitted for testing.
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Thankfully no other hantavirus cases have been reported and an investigation has been launched, according to the Xinhua News Agency.
There is also no here has been no direct person-to-person transmissions so far reported, according to media reports.
The city in China has already started monitoring and screening people for the disease.
A special team has been dispatched to Ningshan county for a response.
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According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), members of the family of hantavirus pathogens are mainly spread by rodents.
Humans can contract the hantavirus from infected rodents, who are either wild or pets.
The virus can also be picked up by humans from a rodent’s feces, urine or via contact with the eyes, nose or mouth.
People can also be infected by a bite by infected rodents.
However, there has been no direct person-to-person transmissions reported, according to media reports.
The CDC said: “Infection with any hantavirus can produce hantavirus disease in people.”
Early symptoms of the virus include exhaustion, vomit and reddish cheeks.
Further symptoms of the hantavirus include fever, bleeding and kidney damage, according to experts from the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention.
Although people are on high alert due to the coronavirus, the hantavirus poses less threat as vaccines for the hantavirus have been available for nearly 20 years.
Taking vaccines is seen as the most effective way to prevent the infection and China already has vaccine programs in place for hantavirus in high-risk regions.
Meanwhile, Wuhan is set to lift its two-month lockdown in April.
This is despite a new case of the coronavirus being reported in the Chinese city just days ago.
Travel restrictions for leaving Wuhan will be lifted on April 8, and people will be able to leave on the basis of using a health code, the commission said.
The Health Commission for China’s Hubei province said on Tuesday it will also remove all travel restrictions in and out of the province today, with the exception of the city of Wuhan, the provincial capital and the epicentre of the country’s coronavirus outbreak.
But people are reportedly still testing positive for coronavirus in Wuhan, four days after China said there have been no new cases, Bloomberg has reported.
The news of the lifting of measures comes as China has counted 81,171 cases with a total of 3,277 deaths at the time of writing.
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