as informed in The virus was named Seoul virus after it was first reported in the South Korean capital.
The Illinois Department of Health is looking for people who either purchased or were exposed to any infected rats, a spokeswoman said today, noting that it is also looking to find out where the infected rats where purchased from.
The CDC epidemiologists are now searching to see if any other customers who bought pet rats might be ill and to ensure any infected rats are not sold.
Officials first discovered the outbreak when a home-breeder of pet rats was hospitalized last December with fever, headache and other Seoul virus symptoms in Wisconsin.
Federal and state health officials are investigating an outbreak of the dangerous Seoul virus, which has sickened at least eight people after they came into contact with infected pet rats.
according to Health officials are investigating an outbreak of the rare Seoul virus, among pet rats and people exposed to rat-breeding facilities in multiple states.
Last week, the CDC reported an outbreak of the Seoul virus in Wisconsin and Illinois, which spread via infected pet rats.
This is the first time that the virus has been known to spread via pet rats in the U.S., rather than wild rats.
Officials first discovered the Seoul virus outbreak when a home-breeder of pet rats was hospitalized last December with fever, headache and other symptoms in Wisconsin.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued a health advisory yesterday alerting doctors and other health officials they have expanded their initial investigation to 10 states.
Outbreak of Seoul Virus in Illinois, Wisconsin Linked to Pet Rats
Pet rats have been linked to a virus outbreak in Illinois and Wisconsin in what is reportedly the first time human Seoul virus infections have been associated with pet rats in the United States.
“A close family member who also worked with rodents also tested positive for Seoul virus.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Friday confirmed the outbreak of the Seoul virus in eight patients so far in its ongoing investigation, according to CNN.
“Seoul virus is not known to be transmitted from person to person,” Dr. Nirav D. Shah, director of the Illinois Department of Public Health said in a statement.
A follow-up investigation at several rat breeders that supplied the initial patient’s rats revealed an additional six cases of Seoul virus at two Illinois rat breeding facilities,” the CDC statement continued.
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