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Haemorrhagic fever with renal syndrome (Puumala caused)

Puumala virus occur mainly in Europe and Russia. Transmission to humans occurs through inhalation of virus in aerosol from excreta of infected rodents. Up to 80% of infections may be without symptoms.

Clinical illness results in haemorrhagic fever with renal syndrome (also called “nephropatia epidemica”) and causes less than 0.5% mortality.

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