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A 19-year-old man living in New Mexico presents to a local clinic after a 1-day history of fever, myalgia, chills, headache, and malaise. He complains of vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain, tachypnea, and a productive cough. His white cell count is elevated with an increase in the number of bands. Atypical lymphocytes are also found in the peripheral blood. He is treated with antibiotics, but the next day he develops acute respiratory failure with cardiopulmonary arrest and dies. Postmortem examination of the lungs reveals intraalveolar edema, rare hyaline membranes, and a few interstitial lymphoid aggregates. The most likely cause of this patient’s illness is infection with

a. Ebola virus

b. Dengue fever virus

c. Hantavirus

d. Yellow fever virus

e. Alphavirus

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c. Hantavirus