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Hantavirus particles, coloured transmission electron micrograph (TEM). Each virus consists of ribonucleic acid (RNA) core (purple), surrounded by a nucleocapsid (red) and a lipid envelope (green). Several hantaviruses cause disease in humans. They can be fatal if they progress to either hantavirus pulmonary syndrome (HPS) or haemorrhagic fever with renal syndrome (HFRS). The virus is spread to humans via rodent droppings and urine.
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