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Virologica Sinica, 32 (1) : 32, 2017
Hantavirus infection: a global zoonotic challenge
1. Center for Infectious Diseases, Tangdu Hospital, Fourth Military Medical University, Xi’an 710032, China
2. Department of Microbiology, School of Basic Medicine, Fourth Military Medical University, Xi’an 710032, China
 Correspondence: wangpz63@126.com;xfbai2011@163.com
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.
Received: 28 Oct 2016  Accepted: 28 Oct 2016  Published online: 23 Jan 2017
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