Seoul hantavirus in Europe: first demonstration of the virus genome in wild Rattus norvegicus captured in France

  • P. Heyman
  • A. Plyusnina
  • P. Berny
  • C. Cochez
  • M. Artois
  • M. Zizi
  • J. P. Pirnay
  • A. Plyusnin
Article

Abstract

Although rats (Rattus rattus or Rattus norvegicus) worldwide have been found to carry Seoul hantavirus, there are at present only a very few reports of confirmed human Seoul hantavirus infections outside Asia, where the virus, in certain areas, is responsible for approximately 25% of the human hantavirus infections. In Europe, no confirmed human infections outside laboratories have been described, and although rats occasionally have been found to be antibody positive, the viral genome has not been demonstrated in these animals. The present report describes the first confirmed finding of Seoul hantavirus in R. norvegicus captured in Europe.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • P. Heyman
    • 1
  • A. Plyusnina
    • 2
  • P. Berny
    • 3
  • C. Cochez
    • 4
  • M. Artois
    • 5
  • M. Zizi
    • 6
  • J. P. Pirnay
    • 6
  • A. Plyusnin
    • 2
  1. 1.Research Laboratory for Vector-Borne DiseasesQueen Astrid Military HospitalBrusselsBelgium
  2. 2.Department of Virology, Haartman InstituteUniversity of HelsinkiHelsinkiFinland
  3. 3.Pharmacy—Toxicology DepartmentEcole Nationale Vétérinaire de LyonMarcy l’EtoileFrance
  4. 4.National Reference Center for Hantavirus InfectionsQueen Astrid Military HospitalBrusselsBelgium
  5. 5.Infectious Diseases and Epidemiology UnitEcole Nationale Vétérinaire de LyonMarcy l’EtoileFrance
  6. 6.ACOS WB, Epidemiology and BiostatisticsQueen Astrid Military HospitalBrusselsBelgium

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