any of a group of RNA viruses (family Bunyaviridae); esp., one spread by contact with rodent urine and feces, causing flulike symptoms and sometimes a fatal lung or kidney disease
Origin of hantavirusafter Hantaan River in South Korea, where the disease was first identified
Any of a genus of single-stranded RNA viruses carried by rodents that cause disease in humans, especially a type of hemorrhagic fever that involves kidney failure (known as hemorrhagic fever with renal syndrome) and a severe respiratory disease (known as hantavirus pulmonary syndrome).
Origin of hantavirusAfter the Hantan River, South Korea (near the village where researchers trapped the field mouse from which the first hantavirus was isolated and identified as the cause of disease outbreaks in the area since the 1950s)
Sin Nombre virus
- (virology) Any virus of the genus Hantavirus, transmitted by aerosolized rodent excreta or rodent bites, especially the deer mouse. Hantaviruses cause Hantavirus pulmonary syndrome (HPS): incubation lasts for 1–5 weeks, sickness begins with fever and muscle aches, followed by shortness of breath and coughing.
From the name of the Hantan River in South Korea, via the genus name Hantavirus.