Medical Definition of Guanarito virus

  • Medical Author:
    Melissa Conrad Stöppler, MD

    Melissa Conrad Stöppler, MD, is a U.S. board-certified Anatomic Pathologist with subspecialty training in the fields of Experimental and Molecular Pathology. Dr. Stöppler's educational background includes a BA with Highest Distinction from the University of Virginia and an MD from the University of North Carolina. She completed residency training in Anatomic Pathology at Georgetown University followed by subspecialty fellowship training in molecular diagnostics and experimental pathology.

Guanarito virus: a virus that causes the disease Venezuelan hemorrhagic fever in humans. Guanarito virus is a member of the arenavirus family of RNA viruses. These viruses typically live in rodent hosts and spread among the rodents without causing apparent disease. Humans can become infected when they come in contact with rodent secretions or droppings. Guanarito virus is found only in Venezuela in a south American rodents. It is not clear if this virus could live in North American rodents. It is also not spread from person to person.

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Reviewed on 12/21/2018

REFERENCE: CDC.gov. Arenaviruses.

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