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Hantavirus Background Information

Hantaviruses are rodent-borne, zoonotic (acquired from animals) viruses, and include the causative agents of haemorrhagic fever with renal syndrome (HFRS), and hantavirus pulmonary syndrome (HPS). HFRS occurs in Europe and Asia, while HPS occurs in North and South America. As for many infections, it is likely that asymptomatic or mild infections greatly outnumber characteristic symptomatic infections.