Here is all you need to know about Hantavirus
The pandemic of Coronavirus slowed in China, where it originated. The news was broadcasted that first-person died of Hantavirus in China, after Coronavirus. The world has still not recovered from Coronavirus. More than 20,000 people lost their life due to Coronavirus and the number is currently increasing. The outbreak of another virus may lead to a catastrophic effect on society. Here is all you need to know about Hantavirus.
Hantavirus or Orthohantavirus is an old family of viruses. The good news is that the world has already made a lot of research on this virus and the treatment is available in the market. The main carrier of this virus is rodents. It includes rats. When a person directly touches the urine or feces of rodents. It infects him. The treatment of this virus is already available. Moreover, This disease is not transmissible from person to person but from rats to the person it is transmissible. Further, there is a 10% mortality rate of this Virus. The name Hantavirus is given after the name of the Hanta River in South Korea.
Signs & Symptoms of Hanta Virus
There are two main diseases that are caused by hantavirus. The signs and symptoms that you need to know about Hantavirus
Hemorrhagic fever with renal syndrome
The carrier of Hemorrhagic fever with renal syndrome is a simple field mouse. In this, the patient feels extremely high fever and with the passage of time, the fever starts affecting the kidneys of that patient. This would ultimately lead to the failure of the kidneys and can cause death.
Hantavirus pulmonary syndrome
The second disease that hantavirus causes is Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome (HPS). HPS starts with the following things
- Body pain and aches
- Nausea or abdominal pain
- Dry cough that would lead to breathing difficulty.
These symptoms will lead the patient to lung failure and then ultimately to death.
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Treatment for Hantavirus
Over the counter treatment of hantavirus is available. However, the vaccine is currently available. Supportive medicines can help doctors to treat HPS and HFRS. Moreover, oxygen and ventilators are also used as a treatment. We must also adopt preventive measures.
Just like Coronavirus, we can adopt preventive measures. We must keep our houses clean and safe from rodents like mice. We should also disinfect our place. Moreover, if there is an outbreak like Coronavirus, we can take the same measures which we are currently using for Coronavirus.
Who is at Risk?
People living in rural areas are at high risk of exposure to hantavirus. As mentioned, rats are the carriers of this virus. Therefore, People living in villages and rural areas are more prone to get infected from hantavirus. In addition to this, those who had pets in their home can also get infected from this virus, only if their pets have direct contact with the feces of rodents.
Difference between Coronavirus and Hantavirus
Both of these viruses are entirely different from each other. The symptoms and signs are almost similar but treatments are totally different. Currently, the Mortality rate of both viruses is also similar to currently. But the treatment of Hantavirus is available and the treatment of Coronavirus is unavailable. In the short span of time, the treatment for Coronavirus will also be available. Hantavirus is transmitted from rodents to humans, whereas, Coronavirus is transmitted from humans to humans and surface to humans as well. Hantavirus can be controlled easily but it is difficult to control the spread of Coronavirus.
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