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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
- Director of the Clinical Virology Laboratory in the Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology at Mayo Clinic.
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