*Updates on Hanta Virus*

Updates on Hanta Virus

Amidst spreading news of Hanta virus, it is important to know that this is not a new virus

It causes haemorrhagic fever and pulmonary renal syndrome.

The virus has appeared earlier too. This is most widely spread zoonotic rodent borne - virus. We can find it’s tracss in 1990s and 2004. In India, cases were reported in 2008 and 2016.

In 2008, 28 people of Irula community of Tamilnadu got affected.
The community mainly comprises of rat and snake catchers. In 2016 a 12 years old in Mumbai died of this virus.

The virus is rodent-borne

It can’t be transmitted from one person to other.

Main carrier: Deer Mice

Risk assessment for Indians: Moderate.

Treatment: limited

Precautions: avoid rodents and their habitats

Compiled based on research papers, articles, stats published on Internet
~ Ashish