Seoul Virus Traced To Pet Rats By Teen’s Infections In U.S.
This days one wonder what virus infections cannot be transmit by rat’s, but being informed can avert you being a victim. As Seoul Virus traced to Pet Rats by teen’s Infections in U.S
According to new research, A mother and her daughter in Tennessee were infected with a virus rarely seen in the United States, and the culprit seems to be pet rats.
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The mother and the daughter both tested positive for the Seoul virus, according to a new report, published (Oct. 12) by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The Seoul virus is part of the Hantavirus family , a group of viruses that typically infect rodents.
The CDC reported in January that there was an outbreak of the virus among rat breeders and owners in Illinois and Wisconsin; that same month, the Tennessee Department of Health was notified of an individual with pet rats from one of the Illinois breeders with infected rats, according to the new report.
In fact, the owner of the pet rats, an 18-year-old, had gotten sick in December 2016 with an “unspecified viral illness,” the researchers said. She recovered fully from the virus without treatment. A test on a preserved sample of her blood that had been drawn when she was sick revealed that she had been infected with the Seoul virus.
The teenager didn’t let health officials test her pet rats for the virus, but the officials presumed that the rodents also had the virus. As such, the officials recommended that the rats be euthanized. Once again, the teen refused. In response, the Tennessee Department of Health prohibited the teen from removing the rats from her home, essentially quarantining the pets. In addition, they educated the teen and her family about the best ways to avoid infection, which include avoiding contact with rodent urine, droppings, saliva and nesting material, according to the report.
But in April, the teen’s 38-year-old mother got sick, too. She went to the emergency room with symptoms including a very high fever of 104.5 degrees Fahrenheit (40.3 degrees Celsius), shortness of breath, fatigue and lack of appetite, the report said. A blood test revealed that she had the Seoul virus. The mother told doctors that she had cleaned up rodent droppings from a bathtub about three weeks before she got sick.
The Seoul virus
The Seoul virus infects brown Norway rats ( Rattus norvegicus ), which are found worldwide, according to the report. The virus can spread easily between rats, and can also be passed from rats to humans, according to the CDC. As of January, 17 confirmed cases of the Seoul virus in people in the U.S. according to reports. However, the virus cannot spread from human to human, according to the CDC.
Severe infections with the Seoul virus can cause a disease called hemorrhagic fever with renal syndrome, which includes symptoms such as:
• Internal bleeding, and
• kidney problems,
According to CDC says. Most people who are infected with Seoul virus, do experience mild or even no symptoms, and the death rate for the disease is approximately 1 or 2 percent, the CDC says.