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Another disease outbreak surfaced in China, called Hantavirus just as the world continue to combat the deadly coronavirus.

Hantavirus is a previously known family of viruses and is spread mainly by rodents and can cause varied disease syndromes in people but the cases of person-to-person transmission are rare.

A person from China’s Yunnan Province, who tested positive for hantavirus, died on a chartered bus on Monday, according to a by the Global Times. The also added that 32 other passengers of the bus were also tested.

The news, which was reported on Tuesday, has gone viral on social media amid the scare of coronavirus pandemic with thousands of tweets about it but not all of it is .

Hantavirus is a previously known family of viruses and is spread mainly by rodents and can cause varied disease syndromes in people but the cases of person-to-person transmission are rare, according to the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

“In Chile and Argentina, rare cases of person-to-person transmission have occurred among close contacts of a person who was ill with a type of hantavirus called Andes virus,” says CDC.

In most cases, hantavirus is spread when virus-containing particles from rodent urine, droppings, or saliva are stirred into the air, according to CDC.

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The coronavirus outbreak has fuelled fake news due to the huge number of people it has affected. From fake DIY detection tests to herbal remedies for curing the novel virus, social media platforms are being flooded with misinformation but it’s important to stay informed and rely on credible sources of information at this time. Follow our Live Discourse for the latest updates on COVID-19.

More than 377,000 people have been infected by the coronavirus across the world and 16,500 have died due to novel coronavirus and hundreds of cities have imposed strict lockdowns to try to contain the outbreak.

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Abass Sulaiman Adegoke, well known as Adegoke is a student of Federal Polytechnic Ede studying Civil Engineering, He is a media enthusiast, loves traveling, and has a special interest in personal development.

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Edo orders wearing of face mask, ban isolation in hotels

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Edo Government on Monday directed residents who must leave their homes to wear face mask as precautionary measures against the coronavirus pandemic.

The State Deputy Governor and Chairman of the state COVID-19 Response Committee, Mr Philip Shaibu told newsmen that government has concluded plans to collaborate with local tailors to mass produce face mask in the state.

“We have held several meetings with stakeholders today and we agreed that all residents who must leave their homes during the partial lockdown must wear a face mask.

“We are working with local tailors to mass produce these face mask that will go round everybody.

“I want to encourage us to stay at home and if you must go out please wear a face mask and maintain social distance,” he said.

According to him, anyone found outside without a face mask will be prosecuted.

Shaibu also said that government has banned the use of hotels as isolation centres by those who returned to the state from other countries.

He said “we have discovered that some returnees use hotels as isolation centres and we are saying it is no longer acceptable.

“Those who are even isolating themselves at home do not adhere to the rules so it is banned with effect from today.

“Only the four designated isolation centres in Auchi general hospital in Edo North, Irrua Specialist hospital in Edo Central, University of Benin Teaching Hospital (UBTH) and Stella Obasanjo hospital in Edo South will be used from now on,” he added. (NAN)

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The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) on Monday alerted Nigerians on the circulation of falsified chloroquine phosphate 250mg tablets.

In a a statement the Director-General of the agency, Prof Mojisola Adeyeye, said the NAFDAC was notified by the World Health Organisation (WHO) of the circulation of the tablets in Cameroon.

“The falsified chloroquine phosphate 250mg tablets were manufactured by Jiangsu pharmaceutical Inc, Astral pharmaceutical New Bhupalpura, China.
“The tablets manufactured by these companies has no Active Pharmaceutical Ingredient (API) and are in packs of 1000 tablets.

“The use of the falsified chloroquine phosphate 250mg tablets may result in treatment failure and could even cause death,” she warned.

She also said that the labelling information on the falsified chloroquine phosphate 250mg tablets manufactured by Jiangsu pharmaceutical Inc, China is labelled with fake NAFDAC No.: 028060.

“The Astral pharmaceuticals, New Bhupalpura, China is labelled with fake NAFDAC registration No. 0587612 and advised the general public to be aware of this drug.

“All importers, wholesalers and retailers are hereby cautioned to desist from illegal importation, distribution and sale of falsified chloroquine phosphate 250mg tablets.

“NAFDAC has strengthened its surveillance in all ports of entry to prevent illegal importation of the falsified chloroquine phosphate 250mg tablets.

“The agency has also heightened surveillance in the 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) to prevent distribution and sale of this falsified drug.

“Healthcare providers and other members of public are advised to be vigilant and contact the nearest NAFDAC office with any information on the falsified chloroquine,” she said.

She called on anybody in possession of the falsified chloroquine to submit it to the nearest NAFDAC office, and advised the consumer to adverse events related with the use of the medicine, or call the agency toll free lines: 0800-1-NAFDAC and 0800-1-623322. (NAN)

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