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 group of viruses carried by rodents that cause epidemic hemorrhagic fever and severe respiratory infections in humans.
Origin of hantavirusAfter the Hantaan, River, South Korea (near which Westerners were first infected by the virus in 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.