General Hantavirus Technical/Clinical Information
The description of hantavirus disease traces back to 1951, where a hantavirus caused hemorrhagic fever with renal syndrome (HFRS) in North and South Korea. It took many years before the virus was eventually isolated from a rodent reservoir and placed in the family Bunyaviridae. The viruses that caused HFRS in Asia were later grouped as Old World Hantaviruses.
The most recent major event in the history of hantaviruses was the discovery of hantavirus pulmonary syndrome (HPS) in the southwestern United States in 1993, that was caused by the hantavirus strain Sin Nombre. There are many hantavirus strains that occur globally. This section contains information that describe the viruses ecology, virology and airborne transmission.
Get email updates
To receive email updates about this page, enter your email address:
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Viral Special Pathogens Branch
1600 Clifton Rd
Atlanta, GA 30333
- Hantavirus Hotline
TTY: (888) 232-6348
- About VSPB (Viral Special Pathogens Branch)