Hantavirus Transmission in the United States

Rachel M. Wells, Joni Young, R. Joel Williams, Lori R. Armstrong, Kristi Busico, Ali S. Khan, Thomas G. Ksiazek, Pierre E. Rollin, Sherif R. Zaki, Stuart T. Nichol, C. J. Peters

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In 1996, investigation of a hantavirus pulmonary syndrome (HPS) outbreak in southern Argentina found evidence of person-to-person transmission of a hantavirus. The infection control ramifications of this finding led to this review of hantavirus epidemiology in the United States; the review suggests that Sin Nombre virus infection is rarely, if ever, transmitted from person to person and that existing guidelines for prevention of HPS remain appropriate for North America.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)361-365
Number of pages5
JournalEmerging infectious diseases
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 1997


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Epidemiology
  • Microbiology (medical)
  • Infectious Diseases

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Wells, R. M., Young, J., Williams, R. J., Armstrong, L. R., Busico, K., Khan, A. S., ... Peters, C. J. (1997). Hantavirus Transmission in the United States. Emerging infectious diseases, 3(3), 361-365. https://doi.org/10.3201/eid0303.970314