Pet rats as a source of hantavirus in England and Wales, 2013

L. J. Jameson, S. K. Taori, B. Atkinson, P. Levick, C. A. Featherstone, G. van der Burgt, N. McCarthy, J. Hart, J. C. Osborne, A. L. Walsh, Timothy Brooks, R. Hewson

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Abstract

We report the detection of a strain of Seoul hantavirus (SEOV) in pet rats in England and Wales. The discovery followed an investigation of a case of haemorrhagic fever with renal syndrome in Wales. Hantavirus RNA was detected via real-time reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) and classic RT-PCR in pet rats belonging to the patient. Sequencing and phylogenetic analysis confirmed the virus to be a SEOV that is similar, but not identical, to a previously reported United Kingdom strain from wild rats.

Original languageEnglish
JournalEurosurveillance
Volume18
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - 2013

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