The interest in the death of a man in the Chinese province of Shandong from hantavirus has caused increased media attention against the backdrop of the coronavirus pandemic that began in Wuhan, China.
In the Chinese province of Shandong, a man died from hantavirus on March 23. According to the Chinese edition of the Global Times, against the backdrop of the coronavirus pandemic, which also began in China, global media have shown increased interest in this news.
It is known that the man died on the road from Yunnan, where he lived, to Shandong, where he worked, early on Monday morning, despite efforts to resuscitate. He was tested on COVID-19 – the result was negative. Moreover, hantavirus was found in biological samples of the deceased.
Hantavirus is the obsolete name for Orthohantavirus (orthochantavirus). It is a genus of human and animal viruses from the Hantaviridae family of the Bunyavirales order. The type strain was discovered in 1978.
As the professor noted, the head of the Department of Epidemiology of the Lviv National Medical University Natalya Vinograd in the commentary “To the Observer”, unlike the coronavirus, hantaviruses do not cause epidemics, because at the moment there are no confirmed cases of their transmission from person to person.
The carriers of hantaviruses are rodents. “They see the virus with urine. When it dries, along with the dust, a person can inhale it. Or go to the forest, drink water from a spring, eat berries. Or if there are a lot of wild mice in the house, then there may be problems,” she said .
Data from Google Trends service indicates that interest in hantavirus in Ukraine has grown significantly after the death of a man in China. Graphic: trends.google.com.ua
According to her, the most aggressive strains of hantaviruses are rodents that live in the Balkans, Finland, the Far East, China, Latin and Central America.
When a person becomes infected, fever, bleeding, vomiting, fatigue appear, kidneys can be damaged, which in some cases leads to death.
According to the Global Times, an effective hantavirus vaccine has existed in China for almost 20 years.