Hantavirus: Do not worry but do not take for granted too

Amidst the fear-mongering situation of Coronavirus, a new virus broke out in China again. Hopefully, this is not new to scientists. In the Korean War of the 1950s, Hantavirus was first discovered by the American scientists in the soldiers’ bodies. Altogether 3000 men lost their kidneys function. Though the mortality rate was not that much of fearsome, only 10%, still, it caused a reasonable amount of casualties. Hantavirus has attacked almost every continent of the planet. Starting from Asia, North and South Africa, it was named after the Korean river Hantan.


Hanta came into existence recently in March 2020, in China. But you do not need to be afraid about the disease as it has its vaccine already. Rodents mainly cause it. Unlike Coronavirus, which is airborne, Hanta requires direct contact to spread, mostly from the urine, feces, and saliva of the patient; it covers. Hantavirus can cause Hantavirus pulmonary syndromes (HPS) and hemorrhagic fever and renal syndromes (HFRS). The earlier one can cause temperature, cough, and dizziness, lethargy, along with aches while the later one continues with the same sings, with low blood pressure, acute shock, vascular leakage, and acute kidney failure. In 1993 the infamous “Four Corners hantavirus outbreak” happened in 4 states of the United States; Utah, Colorado, New Mexico, and Arizona.


As we have already told you, do not worry about it. Take care of your hygiene, and stay safe. As a human being’s duty, do maintain social distancing if you are infected. Please remember, isolation does not mean discrimination. If you get any of the symptoms related to Hantavirus, do not panic. It may not be HPS because these symptoms are not differentiable from the usual cold. So do not hesitate to go to doctors that lie under your humane responsibility as well. You be safe and keep others safe as well.

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