Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Venezuelan Hemorrhagic Fever Transmission

Facts about arenavirus infection:

  • Arenaviruses are spread from rodents directly to humans.
  • A person can contract the virus by:
    • Ingesting stool particles, getting urine or stool in a wound, or
    • Inhaling dust that contains stool particles.
    • Urine or stool enters a wound
  • Rarely, the virus spreads from one infected human to another.

Last Updated: Mar 13, 2008 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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PubMed Venezuelan Hemorrhagic Fever References
  1. Charrel RN, de Lamballerie X. Arenaviruses other than Lassa virus. Antiviral Res. 2003 Jan;57(1-2):89-100. [12615305]
  2. Damonte EB, Coto CE. Treatment of arenavirus infections: from basic studies to the challenge of antiviral therapy. Adv Virus Res. 2002;58:125-55. [12205778]
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