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Pet rats linked to outbreak of rare virus among breeders

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) confirmed Friday that pet rats are the source of an outbreak of the Seoul virus in Illinois and Wisconsin. The virus was confirmed in eight people in an ongoing investigation.

Seoul hantavirus has reached the Netherlands

Scientists have reported evidence of Seoul hantavirus (SEOV) in the rat population in the Netherlands. Other reports suggest that the virus has occurred in other European countries, including the U.K.

Deadly hantavirus is linked to cholesterol

Many viruses depend on proteins and nutrients provided by their hosts. A new study shows that proteins involved in the regulation of cholesterol are essential for hantavirus entry into human host cells.

Yosemite doubles hantavirus warning to 22,000 visitors

Yosemite National Park - This week Yosemite National Park expanded its warning to visitors about exposure to hantavirus. At this time, the Park is cautioning over 20,000 people may have been exposed to the mouse-borne disease.

Visitors to Yosemite may be exposed to rare rodent disease

Letters from park officials were sent to 1,700 visitors who stayed at Yosemite National Park in June, July and August. The letters warned of a possible exposure to hantavirus, a rare rodent-borne disease that has affected four visitors, killing two.

Hantavirus kills visitors of Yosemite National Park

Yosemite National Park - Vacations are to be a care free way of getting away from everything. National Parks are one of the most visited vacation spots in the U.S.

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Young rats  approximately three weeks old.
Young rats, approximately three weeks old.
Waldemar Zboralski
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Hantavirus particles
Public Library of Science
Deer mice apparently crossed the lakes on the way into Michigan. Now the lakes could trap the mice  ...
Deer mice apparently crossed the lakes on the way into Michigan. Now the lakes could trap the mice, which are in the midst of a migration induced by climate change. Photo: Phil Myer
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