Rodents are fit for sending hantavirus

A group of researchers from Charité — Universitätsmedizin Berlin have confirmed Germany’s first-ever case of animal-to-human transmission involving a specific species of virus known as the ‘Seoul virus’.

Working alongside colleagues from Friedrich-Loeffer-Institut (FLI), the researchers were able to confirm the presence of the virus in a young female patient and her pet rat. Their findings, which have been published in Emerging Infectious Diseases, may influence the way in which we deal with both wild and domesticated rats.

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