China Announces A New Virus Outbreak
A report by China’s English tabloid, Global Times, on Monday, has revealed that a person from Yunnan Province died while on his way back to Shandong Province for work on a chartered bus. He was tested positive for hantavirus on Monday and other 32 people on bus also tested positive for the virus.
Hantaviruses are a family of viruses spread mainly by rodents and can cause varied disease syndromes in people worldwide. Infection with hantavirus index patient can transmit the virus disease to other people.
Each hantavirus serotype has a specific rodent host species and is spread to people via inhalation of aerosolized virus that is shed in urine, feces, and saliva, and less frequently by a bite from an infected host.