A man from China’s southwestern Yunnan province has died of hantavirus, a disease spread by rodents, while on his way back to the eastern Shandong province for work on Monday.
“He was tested positive for #hantavirus. Other 32 people on the buses were tested,” state-run Global Times tweeted without giving further details.
Hantaviruses are a family of viruses spread mainly by rodents and can cause varied disease syndromes in people worldwide, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) which is the leading national public health institute of the United State.
Each hantavirus serotype is said to have a specific rodent host species and is spread to people via aerosolized virus that is shed in urine, feces and saliva, and less frequently by a bite from an infected host, according to the CDC.
The hantavirus report came as China is currently battling with COVID-19.