New update confirmed that a man has died in Yunnan province of China after testing positive to Hantavirus. The guy died while on his way back to Shandong Province to get work on a chartered bus, China’s Global Times reports.
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. pic.twitter.com/SXzBpWmHvW
— Global Times (@globaltimesnews) March 24, 2020
Hantavirus instantly became a trend on social media after the report with people panicking it was another COVID-19 ready to create a new pandemic. However, unlike coronavirus, hantavirus isn’t airborne.
Humans who contract the hantavirus normally come into contact with rodents that carry the virus. “Rodent infestation in and around the home remains the key danger of hantavirus exposure. Even healthy people are at risk for HPS infection if exposed to this virus,” Centre for Disease Control and Prevention recently released on its website.
Though HPS can’t be passed on from person to person, it can be contracted if someone rolls their eyes, mouth or nose after touching rodent droppings, urine, or nesting materials, states Centers for Disease Control and Prevention fact sheet.