Sydney: Four new forms of one of the most virulent pathogens, hantavirus, transmitted from animals to humans, have been identified by a team of researchers.Hantavirus causes flu-like symptoms which can bring on respiratory and kidney failure in humans. It usually appears as sporadic disease outbreaks such as that in 1993 in a US region bordering New Mexico, Arizona, Colorado and Utah."Our research describes four novel hantaviruses, sampled from bats and shrews in China, which are distinct from known hantaviruses," says study co-author Eddie Holmes, professor and Australia Fellow at the University of Sydney, the journal Public Library of Science Pathogen reports.
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