While the world is still battling with Coronavirus, another deadly virus, Orthohantavirus popularly referred to as Hantavirus, has emerged from China.
Now, the new hashtag also contains the word "virus" and the case is registered from China, several people believe that a new coronavirus-like outbreak has come into existence and will soon attack people across the world just the way novel COVID-19 is doing. There are now over 387,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and the death toll is above 16,700 most of which have been reported from Italy.
According to the Centre for Disease and Prevention (CDC), Hantavirus is caused by rodents.
It can cause hantavirus pulmonary syndrome (HPS) and haemorrhagic fever with renal syndrome (HFRS).
What comes as a major relief, Hantavirus cannot be passed from person to person, but one can get infected if they touch their mouth, eyes, nose after touching urine or nest materials of rodents. It is usually transmitted through contact with infected rat droppings or saliva of infected rodents.
Hantavirus and coronavirus have a lot of common symptoms including fever, fatigue, headache, vomiting, diarrhoea, shortness of breath etc.
The most important hantavirus in the United States that can cause HPS is the Sin Nombre virus, spread by the deer mouse.
As the whole world is anxious about curbing the outbreak of coronavirus, the hashtag #Hantavirus is trending on Twitter. Nearly 60% of those infected with the virus were women or girls, the World Health Organization said.
While the disease spreads from rats, human-to-human transmission has not been ruled out.