Pet rat harbouring Seoul hantavirus in Sweden, June 2013

A Lundkvist, J Verner-Carlsson, A Plyusnina, L Forslund, R Feinstein, A Plyusnin
2013 Eurosurveillance  
We report the first detection of Seoul hantavirus (SEOV) in a pet rat in Sweden. SEOV-specific antibodies were detected in the pet rat blood by focus reduction neutralising test (FRNT), and SEOV RNA in lung tissue was confirmed by reverse transcription-nested polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) followed by sequencing. The discovery follows the recent reports of SEOV infected pet rats, as well as associated human cases of severe haemorrhagic fever with renal syndrome (HFRS), in England and Wales.
doi:10.2807/1560-7917.es2013.18.7.20521 fatcat:pdxkfl2lfbdfxjl4klgpmaa5v4