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Bunyaviridae

noun plural Bun·ya·vi·ri·dae \ ˌbən-yə-ˈvir-ə-ˌdē \

medical Definition of Bunyaviridae

:a family of single-stranded RNA viruses that are spherical to pleomorphic in shape with projections of glycoprotein embedded in a surface bilayer of lipid, that are usually transmitted by the bite of an arthropod (as a mosquito) or in the bodily secretions of rodents, that infect vertebrates and arthropods, and that include the hantaviruses and the causative agents of Nairobi sheep disease, Rift Valley fever, sandfly fever, and some forms of encephalitis (as La Crosse encephalitis) and hemorrhagic fever — see phlebovirus

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