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A number of hemorrhagic fever cases caused by Hantavirus have been reported in the city of Xi’an in Northwest China’s Shaanxi Province, according to China state-affiliated media, The Global Times.

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Hemorrhagic fever is a common infectious disease in northern China. Starting from October every year, some areas of Shaanxi enter the high incidence season of hemorrhagic fever.

Hantavirus is a virus transmitted mainly by rodent animals, mainly through urine, feces, and saliva and the aerosols produced by them

Humans are  generally susceptible to the disease, and the incidence is high among farmers who often work in the field, or workers engaged in the agricultural industry and food processing.

Hemorrhagic fever is an acute infectious disease characterized by fever, bleeding and renal damage, and it can lead to death in serious cases.

Inactivated hantavirus vaccines are licensed for human use in China.