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, T J Brooks, R Hewson
2013 Eurosurveillance  
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.
doi:10.2807/ese.18.09.20415-en fatcat:jej7lioab5f4pcn7tjtetise5u