DOCTOR'S VIEW ARCHIVE
ATLANTA-In the Four Corners area of Arizona, Utah,
Colorado, and New Mexico in the summer of 1993, there were reported
a cluster of patients that were afflicted by a deadly virus infection
involving the lungs which later was identified as a hantavirus.
The disease that affected these individuals has come to be known
as the hantavirus pulmonary syndrome (HPS).
Hantaviruses are a family of viruses that can lead
to bleeding in the lungs (hemorrhagic fever) and kidney damage.
Prior to the outbreak in the southwestern United States, they
were best known to cause disease from western Europe to eastern
A recent update of hantavirus infection by authors
from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) was
published in the medical journal HOSPITAL PRACTICE