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This woman thought she had coronavirus. She actually had hantavirus.

What is hantavirus? It’s a rare virus that creates symptoms similar to coronavirus

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A empty camping zone is seen in Epuyen, Argentina, Friday, Jan. 11, 2019. An Argentine judge has ordered 85 residents of a remote Patagonian town to stay in their homes for at least 30 days to help halt an outbreak of hantavirus in which nine people have died.

A empty camping zone is seen in Epuyen, Argentina, on Friday, Jan. 11, 2019. An Argentine judge has ordered 85 residents of a remote Patagonian town to stay in their homes for at least 30 days to help halt an outbreak of hantavirus in which nine people have died.

Gustavo Zaninelli, Associated Press

A Colorado woman who thought she had coronavirus because of her symptoms ended up having another rare virus — the hantavirus.

What’s going on?

Sue Ryan visited the hospital several times in October after she had severe symptoms that were similar to COVID-19.

  • Her symptoms included high fever and headaches. She also had fluid around her lungs and her heart, she told KDVR.

She tested negative for the novel coronavirus. But experts eventually reviewed her case and found she had hantavirus, which is a rare and often fatal disease.

  • “Because it’s so rare, I was actually kind of blown away. I actually got this disease and didn’t die,” she told KDVR.

A look at hantavirus:

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said hantavirus spreads through the air mainly due to mice droppings or fluids.

Symptoms for hantavirus can include fatigue, fever, body aches and stomach issues, all of which have been noted as potential symptoms of COVID-19, according to CDC.

The hantavirus claimed the lives of two Utah residents in 2012. Another Utah man was diagnosed with the disease in 2002. There was even a case as recent as 2016.

Fears over the hantavirus rose during the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic after the hantavirus killed a man in China, as I wrote about for the Deseret News.