hantavirus

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Etymology[edit]

From the name of the Hantan River[1] in South Korea, via the genus name Hantavirus.

  1. ^ Hantan - 한탄 means “lament, heartbreak” in Korean

Noun[edit]

hantavirus (plural hantaviruses)

  1. (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.