Tula Virus Infection Associated with Fever and Exanthema After a Wild Rodent Bite

  • D. Schultze
  • Å. Lundkvist
  • U. Blauenstein
  • P. Heyman
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Abstract.

Reported here is the first case of human acute infection with Tula virus, which occurred in a 12-year-old boy in Switzerland. This hantavirus had been considered apathogenic to humans, and in Switzerland only TULV-genome sequences have been demonstrated in wild rodents to date. In this case, paronychia, fever and exanthema occurred after the patient was bitten by a wild rodent, indicating an unusual route of hantavirus transmission. Thus, Tula virus infection should be taken into account in patients with appropriate clinical symptoms and contact with rodents.

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© Springer-Verlag 2002

Authors and Affiliations

  • D. Schultze
    • 1
  • Å. Lundkvist
    • 2
  • U. Blauenstein
    • 3
  • P. Heyman
    • 4
  1. 1.Department of Virology, Institute for Clinical Microbiology and Immunology, Frohbergstrasse 3, 9001 St. GallenSwitzerland
  2. 2.Swedish Institute for Infectious Disease Control, Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, S-17182 SolnaSweden
  3. 3.University Childrens Hospital Basel, Clinic of Neuropediatry, PO Box, 4005 BaselSwitzerland
  4. 4.Research Laboratory for Vector-Borne Diseases and National Reference Center for Hantavirus Infections, Queen Astrid Military Hospital, Bruynstraat 2, 1120 BrusselsBelgium

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