f Hantaviruses: genome structure, expression and evolution
- Authors: Alexander Plyusnin, Olli Vapalahti, Antti Vaheri
- First Published Online: 01 November 1996, Journal of General Virology 77: 2677-2687, doi: 10.1099/0022-1317-77-11-2677
- Subject: Review Article
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Introduction. The isolation by Ho Wang Lee and collaborators of the virus causing Korean haemorrhagic fever, now called Hantaan virus (HTN), from the lungs of striped field mice (Apodemus agrarius) in 1976 (Lee & Lee, 1976) launched a new era in the study of haemorrhagic fever with renal syndrome (HFRS) throughout the world. This was soon followed by the discovery of the causative agent of the European form of HFRS, nephropathia epidemica, now known as Puumala virus (PUU) (Brummer-Korvenkontio et al., 1980), and of the urban rat virus, Seoul virus (SEO) (Lee et al., 1980). The identification in 1993 of Sin Nombre virus (SN) as the causative agent of hantavirus-associated pulmonary syndrome (HPS) (Nichol et al., 1993a) led to intensive search for further hantaviruses and as a result today a total of as many as 16 well-established sero/genotypes may be listed.
© Society for General Microbiology Ltd 1996 | Published by the Microbiology Society
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