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News From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
November 28, 2017

Pet Rats Infect Daughter, Mother With Hantavirus

JAMA. 2017;318(20):1969. doi:10.1001/jama.2017.17645

Two human cases of Seoul virus infection were identified in Tennessee and traced back to an outbreak among rat breeders in Wisconsin and Illinois, according to a new MMWRreport. Although the Seoul virus, a member of the hantavirus family of rodent-borne viruses, typically causes mild or no symptoms in humans, 1% to 2% of those infected die.