Hantaviruses: Unveiling the Pandemic Threat – Biological Times

Hantaviruses: Unveiling the Pandemic Threat

Publication Date : 30-05-2023

Author(s) :

Ali Raza, Muhammad Adnan Sabir Mughal, Muhammad Danial.

Volume/Issue :
Volume 2
Issue 5
(05 - 2023)

Abstract :

Hantaviruses are zoonotic viruses primarily transmitted to humans through contact with infected rodents or their excreta. Different species of hantaviruses exist globally, causing variations in disease presentation and severity. While outbreaks have occurred in various regions, person-to-person transmission is rare. Unlike viruses like influenza or SARS-CoV-2, hantaviruses do not possess the characteristics necessary for rapid global transmission and sustained outbreaks. Vigilance, surveillance, research, and public health interventions are crucial in mitigating the risks associated with hantavirus infections. Although hantaviruses pose a significant public health concern, they are not currently considered the next global pandemic. Proper preventive measures, such as avoiding contact with rodents, repairing gaps, using protective equipment, and disinfecting contaminated areas, are essential in halting the spread of hantaviruses. Continued monitoring and understanding of hantaviruses are necessary to prevent future outbreaks and protect public health.

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