any of various RNA-containing viruses of the family Arenaviridae, usually transmitted to humans by contact with excreta of infected rodents.

Arenavirus Ar·e·na·vi·rus (ār’ə-nə-vī’rəs, ə-rē’nə-)
The single genus of viruses in the family Arenaviridae that includes the viruses that cause lymphocytic choriomeningitis and Lassa fever.


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