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CDC confirms case of Hantavirus disease in Taipei

CDC confirms case of Hantavirus disease in Taipei

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) confirmed a rare case of Hantavirus disease found in a market pork vendor after the victim developed signs of Haemorrhagic fever, reports said Wednesday.

CDC Deputy Director-General Chou Jih-haw said the 53-year-old male was hospitalized in Taipei last week after he developed signs of high fever, nausea, sore throat, and loss of appetite from July 7 to 11, symptoms which were then diagnosed to be Hantavirus disease.

Hantavirus normally infects rodents, but humans may become infected through contact with rodent urine, saliva, or feces, Chou said, adding that it can be potentially fatal in strains such as Hantavirus hemorrhagic fever with renal syndrome (HFRS), and Hantavirus pulmonary syndrome (HPS).

Health officials have already disinfected the vendor’s living quarters for rodents, and his wife has been cleared earlier this week after showing no signs of contract.

The patient has since been released from hospital after full recovery, reports said Wednesday.

Chou said human infections of Hantaviruses have almost entirely been linked to human contact with rodent excrement, but recent human-to-human transmission has been reported in South America.

Symptoms of the disease usually develop within days after exposure to infectious material, but in rare cases, they may take up to 8 weeks to develop. Initial symptoms begin suddenly and include intense headaches, back and abdominal pain, fever, chills, nausea, and blurred vision, according to the CDC.

Since 2001, there have been 15 reported cases of Hantavirus in Taiwan, the CDC said, adding that the epidemic is especially prone to men at 93.3 percent, and those aged between 20 to 29 display the highest risk to contraction.

Rodent control in and around the home remains the primary prevention strategy, as well as eliminating contact with rodents in the workplace and campsite, Chou said.

Updated : 2021-09-27 06:56 GMT+08:00