Seoul virus associated with pet rats, scotland, uk, 2019

James G. Shepherd, Andrew E. Blunsum, Stephen Carmichael, Katherine Smollett, Hector Maxwell-Scott, Eoghan C.W. Farmer, Jane Osborne, Alasdair MacLean, Shirin Ashraf, Rajiv Shah, Rory Gunson, Ana da Silva Filipe, Emma J. Aarons, Emma C. Thomson*

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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.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2677-2680
Number of pages4
JournalEmerging Infectious Diseases
Issue number10
Early online date27 Aug 2021
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2021

Bibliographical note

Funding 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).

Open Access: Free to read, but no Open Access licence.

Publisher Copyright: © 2021 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). All rights reserved.

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.





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