han·​ta·​vi·​rus | \ ˈhän-tə-ˌvī-rəs How to pronounce hantavirus (audio) , ˈhən- How to pronounce hantavirus (audio) , ˈhan- How to pronounce hantavirus (audio) \

Definition of hantavirus

: any of a family (Hantaviridae and especially genus Orthohantavirus) 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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Recent Examples on the Web Smucker says that wildlife biologists are used to protecting themselves from wildlife diseases that can infect humans, such as rabies or hantavirus. Eric Niiler, Wired, 1 July 2021 Super rare but super deadly: Officials confirm Michigan's first human case of a deadly hantavirus. Laura L. Davis, USA TODAY, 9 June 2021 Several types have been identified in the U.S. and each hantavirus has a primary rodent host. Kristen Jordan Shamus, Detroit Free Press, 7 June 2021 Mammal specimens, originally sampled for other reasons and preserved at the Museum of Southwestern Biology, were used by researchers to identify the pathogen as a hantavirus and its wildlife source as deer mice. Popular Science, 18 Dec. 2020 Not only are these populations often widely dispersed and difficult to access, but many of the animals (such as mice, in the case of hantavirus) have pretty short lifespans. John Timmer, Ars Technica, 29 July 2020 In 1993, there was an outbreak of a similar illness in the Four Corners region of the southwestern United States, which researchers eventually identified as a new sort of hantavirus, a type of disease that is transmitted by rodents. Jia Tolentino, The New Yorker, 20 May 2020 In May 1993, a hantavirus outbreak occurred in an area between Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado and Utah. Ryan W. Miller, USA TODAY, 24 Mar. 2020 The reservation dealt with its own outbreak in 1993 of the hantavirus, a severe pulmonary disease spread by rodents. NBC News, 16 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of hantavirus

1984, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for hantavirus

New Latin, from hanta- (from Hantaan, river in South Korea near where rodents carrying the virus were collected 1974–78) + virus

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“Hantavirus.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hantavirus. Accessed 17 Sep. 2021.

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han·​ta·​vi·​rus | \ ˈhan-tə-ˌvī-rəs How to pronounce hantavirus (audio) , ˈhən- How to pronounce hantavirus (audio) , ˈhän- How to pronounce hantavirus (audio) \

Medical Definition of hantavirus

: any of a family (Hantaviridae and especially genus Orthohantavirus) of bunyaviruses 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

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