Kenyans have joined the world in seeking information on a new deadly virus identified as hantavirus after a man in China died shortly after testing positive for the new disease.
Hantavirus trends in Kenya after Chinese man dies from yet another deadly virus
New deadly virus emerges as world fights corona
The hantavirus, coming at a time when Kenya alongside other countries is fighting the coronavirus epidemic sent shock waves around the world.
On Tuesday afternoon, hantavirus became the number one trending topic in Kenya as Twitter users sought more information on the disease.
Pulselive.co.ke checked with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) which showed that 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.
Early symptoms of HPS include fatigue, fever, and muscle aches, along with headaches, dizziness, chills and abdominal problems. If left untreated, it can lead to coughing and shortness of breath and can be fatal, with a mortality rate of 38 percent, according to CDC.
While the initial symptoms of HFRS too remain the same, it can cause low blood pressure, acute shock, vascular leakage, and acute kidney failure.
HPS can't be passed on from person to person, while HFRS transmission between people is extremely rare.
As per the CDC, rodent population control is the primary strategy for preventing hantavirus infections.
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