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Following a suspected case of hantavirus in a patientsuffering from acute kidney injury, rodents fromthe patient’s property in Yorkshire and the Humber,United Kingdom (UK) were screened for hantaviruses.Hantavirus RNA was detected via RT-PCR in two Rattusnorvegicus. Complete sequencing and phylogeneticanalysis established the virus as a Seoul hantavirus,which we have provisionally designated as strainHumber. This is the first hantavirus isolated from wildrodents in the UK and confirms the presence of a pathogenicSeoul virus in Europe.


Journal article


Euro surveillance : bulletin Europeen sur les maladies transmissibles = European communicable disease bulletin

Publication Date





4 - 7


Virology and Pathogenesis, Microbiology Services, Health Protection Agency, Porton Down, Wiltshire, United Kingdom.


Animals, Humans, Rats, Seoul virus, Communicable Diseases, Emerging, Hantavirus Infections, Rodent Diseases, RNA, Viral, Antibodies, Viral, Reverse Transcriptase Polymerase Chain Reaction, Sequence Analysis, DNA, Disease Reservoirs, Phylogeny, Molecular Sequence Data, Male, Acute Kidney Injury, United Kingdom