arenavirus meaning

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Noun: arenavirus
  1. Animal viruses belonging to the family Arenaviridae

Derived forms: arenaviruses

Type of: animal virus

Part of: Arenaviridae

Encyclopedia: Arenavirus

The only genus in the family ARENAVIRIDAE. It contains two groups ARENAVIRUSES,OLD WORLD and ARENAVIRUSES,NEW WORLD,which are distinguished by antigenic relationships and geographic distribution. n : any of a group of viruses containing a single strand of RNA, having a grainy appearance due to the presence of ribosomes in the virion, and including the Machupo virus and the causative agents of lymphocytic choriomeningitis and Lassa fever


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  1. What it is : Arenaviruses ( includes Lassa fever and Machupo ).
  2. Research on the Sabia arenavirus, however, has stopped.
  3. At least eight arenaviruses are known to cause human disease.
  4. The life cycle of the arenavirus is restricted to the cell cytoplasm.
  5. Both hantaviruses and arenaviruses can induce hemorrhagic fever in humans.

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