Hantaviruses--globally Emerging Pathogens

J Clin Virol. 2015 Mar;64:128-36. doi: 10.1016/j.jcv.2014.08.033. Epub 2014 Oct 20.


Hantaviruses are emerging zoonotic viruses which cause human disease in Africa, America, Asia, and Europe. This review summarizes the progress in hantavirus epidemiology and diagnostics during the previous decade. Moreover, we discuss the influence of ecological factors on the worldwide virus distribution and give an outlook on research perspectives for the next years.

Keywords: Hantavirus; Hantavirus cardiopulmonary syndrome; Hemorrhagic fever with renal syndrome; Zoonotic viruses.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Africa / epidemiology
  • Americas / epidemiology
  • Animals
  • Asia / epidemiology
  • Communicable Diseases, Emerging*
  • Disease Reservoirs
  • Europe / epidemiology
  • Hantavirus / pathogenicity*
  • Hantavirus Infections / diagnosis*
  • Hantavirus Infections / epidemiology*
  • Humans
  • Phylogeny
  • Zoonoses*