according to They confirmed on Friday that pet rats are the source of an outbreak of Seoul virus infections and has also confirmed it in eight patients in an ongoing investigation.
The recent cases are the first reported human cases in the United States associated with pet rats, as several previous outbreaks occurred mainly in wild rats.
Though related, Seoul virus is different from Hantavirus and it is not typically common in the US.
People who recently purchased rats in the affected areas and experiences Seoul virus symptoms should contact their healthcare provider immediately.
The infected persons work in facilities where pet rats are bred.
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Pet Rats Caused Illinois, Wisconsin Seoul Virus Outbreak
The United States centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on Friday said that pet rats from Illinois and Wisconsin are the reason behind the Seoul virus infection outbreaks in these regions.
Although Seoul virus is considered a little different from the hantavirus.
According to experts, these cases are the first human cases of the infection spread in the United States.
According to the director of the bureau of communicable Disease with Wisconsin Department of Health Services, the first patient of the current Seoul virus outbreak is a resident of Wisconsin and visited the hospitals with symptoms similar to that of flu.
Reports state that the virus has been confirmed in at least eight patients in the states and the investigation into the outbreak is ongoing.
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