Korean hemorrhagic fever

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Syn: hantavirus disease. A bunyavirus infection with wild rodents as the usual host, transmitted to humans in aerosolized rodent droppings, causing fever, hemolysis, and renal failure in severe cases. It has long been endemic and occasionally epidemic in the Far East, and came to the notice of Westerners in the 1950s during the Korean War.

Subjects: Public Health and Epidemiology.

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