[hahn-tuh-vahy-ruh s, han‐]
- any of several viruses of the family Bunyaviridae, spread chiefly by wild rodents, that cause acute respiratory illness, kidney failure, and other syndromes.
Origin of hantavirus
First recorded in 1975–80; after the Hantaan River in Korea, near which the virus first afflicted Westerners in the 1950s
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- any one of a group of viruses that are transmitted to humans by rodents and cause disease of varying severity, ranging from a mild form of influenza to respiratory or kidney failure
C20: from Hanta (an), river in North and South Korea where the disease was first reported + virus
- A type of virus carried by rodents causing severe respiratory infections in humans and, in some cases, hemorrhaging, kidney disease, and death.
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- Any of a group of viruses of the genus Hantavirus, carried by rodents, that cause severe respiratory infections in humans and, in some cases, hemorrhaging, kidney disease, and death.
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