Hantavirus

Disease named after Hantaan River

Recent Outbreak

In November 1st of 2012 the first outbreak occurred it happened in a place called Yosemite National Park! 10 confirmed cases appeared of a strange virus! Believed it was caused by these people staying in tents or the village in. The High Sierra summer camp is believed to have something to do with it too! So people are being warned to watch their surroundings if they are staying the night.

Basic Information 12/8

The Hantavirus is a disease spread by rodents that carry the disease. Mostly by the bodily fluids and feces that have a certain aroma that carries the disease. It is a one long strand of virus. There are two stages that involve symptoms like fever, muscle pains, headaches, and vomiting. The second stage involves fluid in lungs, shortage of breathe, cough with flem, and your heart being less efficient. Organs effected by this disease include lungs, kidneys and even capillaries. Similar diseases include Influenza, Pneumonia, and Cardio Pulmonary.


Places to be careful of are times when there are rodent infestations or when you are hiking, walking, or running in an unfamiliar place or in a place that has a lot of trees! Hunting can also end up with you getting this virus because you weren't paying attention to your surroundings. This disease is found mostly in Asia, Europe, USA, Brazil, and Canada.


It was on June 4th that CDC figured out the principal that it may have been a mouse that caused this disease and eventually they figured out that this was they cause of the disease. Earliest confirmed case of the hantavirus pulmonary syndrome was in 1959! The Sin Nombre was originally called the "Muerto" which in Spanish meant death but quickly changed it to "Sin Nombre" which in Spanish means no name because of the angry Spanish and Navajo people! The information given is to help you from getting this disease so please continuing reading because you will find it very helpful!

New and Old = This Emerging, Fatal, Infectious, Disease

Difference between Bacteria and Virus

Bacteria is a single celled living organism that has possibility of infecting people, plants, or animals! Though viruses are intercellular parasites that can't live on their won so they rely on the host to nourish them. Though early epidemiologists didn't know what the difference was!

Life and Death Situation!!!

Statistics

One of every two people were said to have died of this virus in 1995. 36% of cases were said to have ended in death and 63%of these people are men and the other percent of these people were women in 2013. In 2014 there have been 8 cases in Iowa. Did you know that in 2004 there was 451 cases which eventually progressed to 637 cases in 2013! Or the fact that 3/4 of this disease is caught from the aroma in rural areas. 20 different types of this virus. 175,000 people in the Four Corners region caught the virus which ended making this virus an epidemic.

How it was Founded

There was a man that lived with the Navajo tribe on an Indian Preserve. He was at age 21 and had a very healthy lifestyle but one day out of nowhere he fell very ill he was rushed to the hospital complaining of hard breathing and a pain in his stomach. Few hours later he died only to find out that his fiance died of the same problems earlier that month. Many days later the they found a friend that was at the funeral that got the same disease who in all later died that day. Neighbors continued to get this virus. Originally they called it the Navajo disease but people found it to be racist. People started avoiding the Navajo Indians because they were afraid of getting this disease. Media didn't leave the Navajo Indians elders alone because they wanted to collect evidence of this mysterious disease even though their culture was to not talk about recent deaths. Snowing and droughts had caused the increase of a mouse population! This lead to the hantavirus that they called Sin Nombre. They trapped more than 1,700 rodents all types and then they dissected all of them to find that the deer mouse had been the one that was carrying a previously undiscovered kind of virus. The second outbreak came during the Korean War between 1950 and 1953! 3,000 army soldiers got the disease but only 5% died. Later the disease has become more known and doesn't have a vaccine yet. Though HPS can be helped with the use of Ribavirin. Though this disease also has been caused in dogs, cats, swine, cattle, deer, rabbits, chipmunks, and moose.

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