Saturday, September 8, 2012

Hantavirus is not new, it already attacked many Asian countries for the past years. The virus attacked various animals without showing symptoms and that is one big problem because once it attack humans the symptoms would slowly appearing which sooner would kill the host by its fatal blow.   Most cases of Hantavirus in Europe and America were carried by rats and it is not a question that once it spread in South East Asia it would be a serious problem,  different rats roamed around the streets and the crowded shanties in poverty-stricken countries such as the Philippines, Vietnam,Thailand,etc. Hantavirus would definitely spread very fast.

South East Asia has talented and skillful medical professionals so there is no point of panicking once this virus attack the residents, what it takes is simply a little understanding of the virus and a monitoring to its possible source of existence in that way doctors and nurses may know how to stop the progress and the spread of this silent killer.

Hantavirus would attack you in two ways 
1.  Hemorrhagic fever with renal syndrome (HFRS)
2.  Hantavirus pulmonary syndrome (HPS)

Hantavirus can be detected by these symptoms:

Hemorrhagic fever with renal syndrome (HFRS)
·         Hemorrhagic fever with renal syndrome – this could create a common group of symptoms that sometimes puzzled the doctors such of these are the following: fever, malfunction of the kidneys, and low platelet count.  With low platelet patient could experience spontaneous bleeding, or hemorrhage.
·         Patients infected by Hantavirus would experience pain in the head, abdomen, and lower back; in most cases they would have bloodshot eyes. 
·         Patients with Hantavirus would be determined by the color of their body and face,  it would be flushed and red some sort of sunburned.
Patients suffering from those symptoms have one 3 to 7 days to fight the virus so doctors should not waste time, once a sudden drop in blood pressure would take place it would be very difficult for the patient to survive, the patient would be in a state of shock and the lengthy shock could damage body organs and that includes, the brain.
Few more days or less than that would put the patient’s kidneys in danger, various bleeding would be experienced by the patient such as bloody urine, vomiting with blood, etc.
Hantavirus pulmonary syndrome (HPS)
Hantavirus also attack your pulmonary system and the symptoms can be easily be observed.  HPS develop in four stages, which you can trace and monitored.
·         First would experience nothing – this is the incubation period of the virus.
  • Second the patient would start experiencing fever, muscle aches, dizziness, abdominal pains and sometimes vomiting, at this point doctor should try question the patient for medical background of the patient and lifestyle etc.  at this stage doctors would easily dish out the symptoms as common disease.
  • The third stage is critical and doctors should start doing the possible before it becomes worst, here the patient would experience drop in his blood pressure, shock, and leaking of the blood vessels of the lungs, which results in fluid accumulation in the lungs, and subsequent shortness of breath.
  • The fourth stage or they said the convalescent stage – here the patient if survives the third stage he would experience a rapid recovery but usually the normal lung and liver functionalities would take more time to recover.

Treating Hantavirus is a bit difficult antibiotics are only given once the virus is confirmed, so the only care can be applied are those in response the symptoms, hence the HFRS and HPS progression is fast, patient must be monitored 24/7.  Low blood pressure is treated with medications and proper diet. For kidney failure, Hemodialysis is used.  For respiratory assistance incubation is often required.
If you think that your symptoms progress rapidly start seeing a doctor and be cooperative with your doctor.  In the Philippines and other countries doctors easily dish-off symptoms as ordinary illness, Hantavirus is a killer and a dangerous virus it is beneficial that you should be mindful with your condition and don’t leave the hospital without proper laboratory results and diagnostics.  Remember Hantavirus can kill you within a range of 1 or 2 weeks.