Deadly coronavirus-like disease hits China as man dies from hantavirus

The body of a man who died in China has tested positive for hantavirus, according to local reports.

The man, from Yunnan Province, was on his way back to Shandong Province for work on a chartered bus on Monday.

There were 32 other people on the bus, who have now also been tested, China's Global Times reports.

The news comes as the world battles against the global coronavirus pandemic.

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson banned people from leaving their homes on Monday night as he announced an unprecedented new series of measures to tackle the coronavirus outbreak in the country.

People will only be allowed to step outside if they are going shopping for basic necessities, to exercise once a day, medical needs, and travelling to and from work, but only if it is absolutely impossible to work from home.

The World Health Organisation (WHO) officially declared the coronavirus outbreak a pandemic on March 11.

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It came after a new strain of coronavirus, named COVID-19, originated in Wuhan, China in December 2019 and the deadly disease has currently killed 16,591 people across the world so far.

The death of a man who has since tested positive for hantavirus has caused people to post their concern online.

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.

The disease is not airborne and can only spread to people if they come in contact with urine, faeces, and saliva of rodents and less frequently by a bite from an infected host.

A 28-year-old man in Wrexham became infected with the hantavirus in November 2012, according to NHS Wales.

He presented with a four-day history of fever, vomiting and headache.

The man was discharged after making a full recovery after spending 52 days in hospital.

The symptoms of hantavirus are:

  • Fever, chills, body aches, headaches
  • Nausea and vomiting and abdominal pain
  • New rash (faint red spots)
  • A dry cough followed by rapid onset of breathing difficulty

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