According to a Taiwan Centers for Disease Control (CDC) news release (computer translated), the first confirmed case of Hantavirus hemorrhagic fever in China has been reported this year.

Taiwan map/CIA
Taiwan map/CIA

The patient is a 44-year-old man from the north and is engaged in the catering industry. The activity is mainly in the home and nearby mountainous areas. There is no domestic or international travel history.

On Mar. 9, he presented with symptoms of fever, dizziness, etc. and did not improve after several visits. After referral to hospitalization, the hospital was reported as Hantavirus hemorrhagic fever on March 14th. Today, testing was confirmed as Hantavirus hemorrhagic fever. the patient has since improved and has been discharged.

According to statistics from previous years, 12 confirmed cases have been reported since 2008, which are all local cases.

Hantavirus hemorrhagic fever is a infectious disease for both humans and animals. Infection in humans is through inhaling dust that is infected with Hantavirus, or being bitten by rodents with virus. The main symptoms of infection are sudden and persistent fever, conjunctival hyperemia, weakness, back pain, headache, abdominal pain, anorexia, vomiting, flushing of the face, etc., and bleeding on the third to sixth days followed by proteinuria, hypotension, or oliguria. Some patients may experience shock or mild nephropathy, and may progress to acute renal failure. The condition can be improved after treatment.