Any of a group of viruses carried by rodents that cause epidemic hemorrhagic fever and severe respiratory infections in humans.
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.
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).
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.
(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.
Origin of hantavirus
After the Hantaan River, South Korea (near which Westerners were first infected by the virus in the 1950s)