Concern over outbreak of disease from new hantavirus

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Abstract

In June 1993, the US Centers for Disease Control reported on a mystery illness characterised by fever, myalgias, and headache followed by respiratory failure. By the end of October, 42 cases had been confirmed in 12 states, with 26 deaths. The culprit appeared to be a new strain of hantavirus. Armed with information about the hantavirus genus, researchers have set about developing new diagnostic tests and treatments to prevent any further mortality.

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