Hot Topics Banner


Click CC to turn on closed captioning.

October 2012

Hantaviruses are a group of viruses that may be carried by some rodents. The rodents shed the virus in their urine, droppings, and saliva. The virus is mainly transmitted to people when they breathe in air contaminated with the virus and can cause hantavirus pulmonary syndrome, a serious condition with a mortality rate of approximately 40%. While there is no specific treatment, cure, or vaccine available, early diagnosis is key to quickly provide effective supportive care.


  • Matthew Binnicker, PhD

Print Options

Forward to a Colleague

Share this presentation with:

  • Laboratory Managers
  • Pathologists
  • Internal Medicine Physicians
  • Infectious Disease Physicians

If you have questions, email .