One person from China’s Yunnan Province, who tested positive for hantavirus, died on a chartered bus on Monday, according to a report by the Global Times. The report also added that 32 other passengers of the bus were also tested.
The news, which was reported on Tuesday, has gone viral on social media amid the scare of coronavirus pandemic and thousands of people are tweeting about it but not all of it is true.
Hantavirus is a previously known family of viruses and is spread mainly by rodents (rats) and can cause varied disease syndromes in people but the cases of person-to-person transmission are rare, according to the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Humans who contract the hantavirus usually come into contact with rodents that carry the virus. In most cases, hantavirus is spread when virus-containing particles from rodent urine, droppings, or saliva are stirred into the air, according to CDC. This means there are very low chances that this virus will spread further since person-to-person transmission is rare.