Etiology: Lymphocytic choriomeningitis virus (LCMV) is an enveloped RNA virus of the arenavirus group.
Transmission: Transmission occurs via urine and saliva, traumatized skin, conjunctiva, respiratory passages, or congenital contamination.
Public Health Significance: People are susceptible to LCMV, and experience flu-like symptoms and occasional nonsuppurative meningitis. Past reports of zoonosis have linked human infections to exposure to infected pet hamsters  .
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