We describe a case of hemorrhagic fever with renal syndrome caused by Seoul virus in a woman in Scotland, UK. Whole-genome sequencing showed the virus belonged to a lineage characterized by recent international expansion, probably driven by trade in pet rats.
Bibliographical noteFunding Information: J.G.S., S.C., K.S., S.A., R.S., A.S.F., and E.C.T. are supported by the Medical Research Council (grant no. MC_ UU_1201412).
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Citation: Shepherd JG, Blunsum AE, Carmichael S, Smollett K, Maxwell-Scott H, Farmer E, et al. Seoul Virus Associated with Pet Rats, Scotland, UK, 2019. Emerg Infect Dis. 2021;27(10):2677-2680.