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A hemorrhagic fever with renal syndrome (HFRS) is a disease caused by a group of viruses belonging to the genus Hantavirus that infect rodents, which in turn can infect humans through contact with secretions from the animal vector.

HFRS occurs mainly in Europe and Asia and is characterized by fever and renal failure associated with hemorrhagic manifestations. China is the most severe endemic area of HFRS in the world, with a high incidence rate in the last ten years.

In Europe, HFRS  is caused by three hantaviruses: Puumala virus, carried by the bank vole (Myodes glareolus); Dobrava virus (DOBV), carried by the mouse (Apodemus flavicollis); and Saaremaa virus, carried by the striped field mouse (Apodemus agrarius).

Known symptoms of hemorrhagic fever with renal syndrome

The symptoms of HFRS are similar to that of influenza, which occur roughly two weeks following the patient coming into contact with the virus. HFRS is distinguished by a sudden onset of high fever with chills, headache, colds and cough. It is also accompanied by muscle and joint pains and abdominal cramps with nausea and vomiting and reddened eyes. On the third or fourth day, subconjunctival hemorrhages, palatal petechiae, and a truncal petechial rash may appear, as well as red discoloration of the face that resembles sunburn.

As the disease progresses, fluid starts to build up in the lungs, causing breathing difficulties.

About 20 percent of HFRS  patients become obtunded, and about one percent experience seizures.

Body systems harmed by hemorrhagic fever with renal syndrome

The patients develop polyuria (production of abnormally large volumes of urine), as well as proteinuria (the presence of abnormal quantities of protein in the urine), hematuria (blood in the urine), and pyuria (pus in the urine). These conditions indicate renal (kidney) damage. Renal failure may occur.

HFRS patients may also develop acute respiratory distress syndrome, encephalopathy (brain damage), blood clots in the bloodstream, and multiple organ dysfunction syndrome, which lead to a greatly increased fatality rate.

Foods or nutrients that may prevent hemorrhagic fever with renal syndrome

Herbs with anti-viral properties, coupled with certain supplements, can be used to treat HFRS.

  • Zinc aids in perking up the immune system to effectively combat the viral infection.
  • Buckwheat contains rich amounts of rutin that is useful for repairing the damaged blood vessels.
  • Burdock root works to cleanse the blood and also detoxify the body.
  • Comfrey and fenugreek are helpful in restoring the damaged lung tissue and also encourage the drainage of fluid buildup in the lungs.
  • Echinacea tea possesses strong antiviral properties. Drink this tea many times every day to help combat the viral infection.
  • Garlic capsules also have potent antiviral properties, which are effective for fighting off the viral infection.
  • Siberian ginseng is helpful for healing the damaged passageways of the respiratory system. It also enhances the body’s energy and helps it recover from diseases and health conditions.

Treatments, management plans for hemorrhagic fever with renal syndrome

The following homeopathic remedies may be helpful for relieving and reversing the symptoms of HFRS:

  • Aconite for colds.
  • Arnica for muscle pain, eye damage and bruising.
  • Arsenicum album for colds and flu.
  • Baptisia for severe fevers and gastrointestinal infections.
  • Belladonna to ease bronchial spasms and cough.
  • Bryonia for stomach and intestinal diseases and lung diseases.
  • Echinacea for colds and flu.
  • Gelsemium for pain relief, as well as relieving asthma and breathing problems.
  • Pyrogenium for blood-related health issues.
  • Rhus tox for flu symptoms and issues with the joints.

Where to learn more


Hemorrhagic fever with renal syndrome (HFRS) is a rodent-borne disease caused by Hantavirus, characterized by fever, hemorrhage, hypotension, and renal damage.

China is the most severe endemic area of HFRS in the world in the last decade.

Herbs and supplements with anti-viral properties can be used to treat HFRS.

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