Here’s what we know so far…
A new virus called the hantavirus has taken the life of a man in China. The man was screened for the virus after he died, which caused several individuals to also test for the virus after being close in proximity to him.
The CDC states that hantavirus pathogens are spread mainly by rodents. Hantavirus is passed on through airborne transmission, which is when the “virus particles from the animal’s urine, feces, and saliva travel in the air and infect an individual.”
The CDC also states that hantavirus in the U.S. cannot be passed from people-to-people. Many people who catch hantavirus are located in rural areas where there are many rodents.
The symptoms mirror many of the novel coronavirus symptoms in being: fevers, headaches, coughing, and shortness of breath.
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