He was travelling in the chartered bus carrying other 32 people.
According to the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome is a severe, sometimes fatal, respiratory disease in humans caused by infection with hantaviruses. There are several strains of hantaviruses, which can cause an illness known as Hantavirus pulmonary syndrome (HPS), a respiratory illness that starts with flu-like symptoms. However, as per World Health Organisation (WHO), Hantavirus can become airborne or aerosolized in tiny particles and then can be inhaled.
The fatality rate of hantavirus can reach 35-50%, much higher than the coronavirus. It is a family of viruses which is spread mainly by rodents.
Rodents are the only known reservoirs of hantavirus, named after river Hantan.
Rodent carriers can shed the virus in their urine, droppings and saliva, persistently or intermittently.
People all around the world are in a state of panic due to the impending danger and threats brought up by coronavirus pandemic. For the record, the human-human transmission is nearly impossible and very rare. Infection with any hantavirus can produce hantavirus disease in people.
The symptoms of Hantavirus are similar to novel coronavirus, which includes headache, fever, abdominal pain, etc.
Here's the clincher - and something that should help us all sleep a little easier tonight: Hantavirus isn't a new phenomenon, and dealing with it won't be as troublesome as the coronavirus outbreak has proved to be. importantly, it can not be transmitted between humans: So the risk to life is much, much lower. It is claimed that a rat bite can cause the disease in rare circumstances.
With so many mice, it was more likely that mice and humans would come into contact with one another, and thus more likely that the hantavirus would be transmitted to humans.
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.
CDS, in its report further highlighted that in Chile and Argentina, rare cases of person to person transmission have occurred among close contacts of a person who was ill with a type of hantavirus called Andes virus.