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 l-ssa fever.

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