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Hantavirus: an infected person dies on a bus in China; other passengers tested


Hantavirus is a family of viruses previously known that is mainly spread by rodents and can cause various disease syndromes in humans, but cases of person-to-person transmission are rare. 

A person in the Chinese province of Yunnan, who tested positive for the hantavirus, died on Monday in a charter bus, according to a report by the Global Times. The report also adds that 32 other passengers on the bus were also tested.

The news, which was reported on Tuesday, went viral on social media amid fears of the coronavirus pandemic and thousands of people are tweeting about it, but not everything is true.

Hantavirus is a family of viruses previously known and is spread mainly by rodents (rats) and can cause various disease syndromes in humans, but cases of person-to-person transmission are rare, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention of the United States (CDC).

“In Chile and Argentina, rare cases of person-to-person transmission have occurred among close contact of a sick person with a type of hantavirus called the Andean virus,” said the CDC.