Definition of hantavirus
: any of a genus (Hantavirus) of bunyaviruses transmitted especially by rodent feces and urine and including viruses causing serious pulmonary disease or hemorrhagic fevers marked by renal necrosis
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Rodents can also carry infections, such as hantavirus, salmonella and E.coli.
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Origin and Etymology of hantavirus
New Latin, from hanta- (from Hantaan, river in South Korea near where rodents carrying the virus were collected 1974–78) + virus
First Known Use: 1984See Words from the same year
Medical Definition of hantavirus
1 capitalized : a genus of single-stranded RNA viruses of the family Bunyaviridae that infect specific rodents as their natural hosts and that include some forms causing hantavirus pulmonary syndrome and hemorrhagic fever with renal syndrome in humans following exposure to the virus in airborne particles of rodent urine, feces, or saliva or directly by the bite of a rodent
2: any virus (as the Hantaan virus) of the genus Hantavirus
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