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Causes of Arenaviruses

Primary Cause of Arenaviruses

The primary cause of Arenaviruses is the result:

  • of transmission of an infectious agent by another person by one or more of the following: saliva, air, cough, fecal-oral route, surfaces, blood, needles, blood transfusions, sexual contact, mother to fetus, etc.

Arenaviruses: Related Medical Conditions

To research the causes of Arenaviruses, consider researching the causes of these these diseases that may be similar, or associated with Arenaviruses:

Arenaviruses: Causes and Types

Causes of Types of Arenaviruses: Review the cause informationfor the various types of Arenaviruses:

Causes of Broader Categories of Arenaviruses: Review the causal information about the various more general categories of medical conditions:

What causes Arenaviruses?

Article excerpts about the causes of Arenaviruses:

Viral Hemorrhagic Fevers: DVRD (Excerpt)

Each of these families share a number of features:

  • They are all RNA viruses, and all are covered, or enveloped, in a fatty (lipid) coating.
  • Their survival is dependent on an animal or insect host, called the natural reservoir.
  • The viruses are geographically restricted to the areas where their host species live.
  • Humans are not the natural reservoir for any of these viruses. Humans are infected when they come into contact with infected hosts. However, with some viruses, after the accidental transmission from the host, humans can transmit the virus to one another.
  • Human cases or outbreaks of hemorrhagic fevers caused by these viruses occur sporadically and irregularly. The occurrence of outbreaks cannot be easily predicted.
  • With a few noteworthy exceptions, there is no cure or established drug treatment for VHFs.
(Source: excerpt from Viral Hemorrhagic Fevers: DVRD)

Arenaviridae: DVRD (Excerpt)

These viruses are zoonotic, meaning that, in nature, they are found in animals. Each virus is associated with either one species or a few closely related rodents, which constitute the virus’ natural reservoir. Tacaribe complex viruses are generally associated with the New World rats and mice (family Muridae, subfamily Sigmodontinae). The LCM/Lassa complex viruses are associated with the Old World rats and mice (family Muridae, subfamily Murinae). Taken together, these types of rodents are located across the greater proportion of the earth’s land mass, including Europe, Asia, Africa, and the Americas. One notable exception is Tacaribe virus, found in Trinidad, which was isolated from a bat. (Source: excerpt from Arenaviridae: DVRD)

Related information on causes of Arenaviruses:

As with all medical conditions, there may be many causal factors. Further relevant information on causes of Arenaviruses may be found in:


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