Virologica Sinica

, Volume 32, Issue 1, pp 32–43 | Cite as

Hantavirus infection: a global zoonotic challenge

Review

Abstract

Hantaviruses are comprised of tri-segmented negative sense single-stranded RNA, and are members of the Bunyaviridae family. Hantaviruses are distributed worldwide and are important zoonotic pathogens that can have severe adverse effects in humans. They are naturally maintained in specific reservoir hosts without inducing symptomatic infection. In humans, however, hantaviruses often cause two acute febrile diseases, hemorrhagic fever with renal syndrome (HFRS) and hantavirus cardiopulmonary syndrome (HCPS). In this paper, we review the epidemiology and epizootiology of hantavirus infections worldwide.

Keywords

hantavirus Bunyaviridae zoonosis hemorrhagic fever with renal syndrome hantavirus cardiopulmonary syndrome 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Center for Infectious Diseases, Tangdu HospitalFourth Military Medical UniversityXi’anChina
  2. 2.Department of Microbiology, School of Basic MedicineFourth Military Medical UniversityXi’anChina

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