Bunyaviridaemedical dictionary

<molecular biology, virology> A family of arboviruses composed of more than 200 viruses, including the genera: Bunyavirus, Hantavirus, Phlebovirus, Nairovirus, Uukuvirus. These single-stranded RNA enveloped viruses are spherical or oval and measure 90-100nm in diameter and are all sensitive to lipid solvents and detergents.

They infect vertebrates and arthropods and some genera contain organisms causing serious disease for example viral haemorrhagic fever.

This entry appears with permission from the Dictionary of Cell and Molecular Biology

(11 Mar 2008)