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African Twitter Responds to Hantavirus Death in China

A Tweet by the Chinese state-run Global Times newspaper about a man dying from Hantavirus on a bus going to Shandong province in China sparked fears — unfounded — on African Twitter of “Coronavirus 2.0.”

The Hantavirus is an extremely rare type of virus that infects people from dust contaminated by the saliva, urine or feces of a rodent, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control. 

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