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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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Recent Examples on the Web 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, "Could we go on the offensive against emerging diseases?," 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, "The Mysterious “Sweating Sickness” in Hilary Mantel’s “Wolf Hall” Trilogy and the Private Country of Illness," 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, "A case of hantavirus has been reported in China. Here's why you shouldn't worry.," 24 Mar. 2020 The reservation dealt with its own outbreak in 1993 of the hantavirus, a severe pulmonary disease spread by rodents. NBC News, "Native American tribes brace for coronavirus: 'It's going to be a test'," 16 Mar. 2020 Mice and other rodents frequently use these rock shelters, and in areas with hantavirus and other scary organisms. Tim Macwelch, Outdoor Life, "9 Natural Shelters that will Save Your Life," 16 Jan. 2020 In 2012, a booming population of deer mice in the park caused a rare hantavirus outbreak, which killed three people and sickened another seven. Washington Post, "Norovirus outbreak hits Yosemite Valley Park, with 170 suffering symptoms," 17 Jan. 2020 Wild rodents, particularly wild mice, are the main carriers of hantavirus. Ramona Sentinel, "Julian brush mouse tests positive for hantavirus," 4 Oct. 2019 The county’s Department of Environmental Health may be contacted at 858-694-2888 for more information about avoiding hantavirus exposure and infection. Ramona Sentinel, "Julian brush mouse tests positive for hantavirus," 4 Oct. 2019

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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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The first known use of hantavirus was in 1984

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15 Aug 2020

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“Hantavirus.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hantavirus. Accessed 21 Sep. 2020.

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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

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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