Hantavirus has become a trend on social media, with people panicking that it was another COVID-19 ready to cause a new pandemic.
This follows after a Chinese media outlet Global Times reported that a man from China’s yunnan province has died from the hantavirus.
The hashtag #Hantavirus was the top Twitter trend on Tuesday with over a hundred thousand tweets.
Reports says the hantavirus is spread by a human coming in contact with or inhaling particulate matter of an infected rodent’s urine or feces and person-to-person transmission is rare.
What exactly is the hantavirus?
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), hantaviruses are a family of viruses which are spread mainly by rodents and can cause varied diseases in people.
It can cause hantavirus pulmonary syndrome (HPS) and haemorrhagic fever with renal syndrome (HFRS).
The disease is not airborne and can only spread to people if they come in contact with urine, feces, and saliva of rodents and less frequently by a bite from an infected host.