Pet rats linked to virus outbreak in 2 states, Michigan on alert – WILX

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Michigan is on alert for a rodent virus outbreak that could be passed on to humans.

The CDC is investigating a rare virus called “Seoul Virus” that has infected eight people in the states of Wisconsin and Illinois. Pet rats are the source of the outbreak. Last week, the CDC reported an outbreak of the Seoul virus 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. The illness is part of the Hantavirus family of rodent-borne viruses and causes fever, headache, back pain, chills and nausea.

A Wisconsin resident showed up at the hospital with flu-like symptoms last month. That person breeds rodents at home. Another family member also got sick and both ended testing positive for Seoul Virus. Six more people at rat breeding facilities in Illinois also tested positive for the virus bringing the total to 8. All have recovered but the CDC says rats at those facilities might have been distributed to several states including Michigan. The CDC notified Michigan health officials that the infected rats may have been sent or purchased by residents. The states on alert are: Alabama, Arkansas, Colorado, Illinois, Indiana, Louisiana, Michigan, Minnesota, South Carolina, Tennessee, Utah and Wisconsin.

Health experts say if you have pet rodents the general rule of thumb is to always wash your hands with soap and water after touching and feeding them or cleaning their cages. Cages should never be cleaned in the kitchen or bathroom. Anyone who recently bought a rat and has Seoul virus symptoms should contact a health care provider immediately.

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Pet rats linked to virus outbreak in 2 states, Michigan on alert – WILX

Posted by Big Rat on Campus on Jan 28, 2017 in Rat News | Subscribe

Michigan is on alert for a rodent virus outbreak that could be passed on to humans.

The CDC is investigating a rare virus called “Seoul Virus” that has infected eight people in the states of Wisconsin and Illinois. Pet rats are the source of the outbreak. Last week, the CDC reported an outbreak of the Seoul virus 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. The illness is part of the Hantavirus family of rodent-borne viruses and causes fever, headache, back pain, chills and nausea.

A Wisconsin resident showed up at the hospital with flu-like symptoms last month. That person breeds rodents at home. Another family member also got sick and both ended testing positive for Seoul Virus. Six more people at rat breeding facilities in Illinois also tested positive for the virus bringing the total to 8. All have recovered but the CDC says rats at those facilities might have been distributed to several states including Michigan. The CDC notified Michigan health officials that the infected rats may have been sent or purchased by residents. The states on alert are: Alabama, Arkansas, Colorado, Illinois, Indiana, Louisiana, Michigan, Minnesota, South Carolina, Tennessee, Utah and Wisconsin.

Health experts say if you have pet rodents the general rule of thumb is to always wash your hands with soap and water after touching and feeding them or cleaning their cages. Cages should never be cleaned in the kitchen or bathroom. Anyone who recently bought a rat and has Seoul virus symptoms should contact a health care provider immediately.

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Pet rats linked to virus outbreak in 2 states, Michigan on alert – WILX

Posted by Big Rat on Campus on Jan 28, 2017 in Rat News | Subscribe

Michigan is on alert for a rodent virus outbreak that could be passed on to humans.

The CDC is investigating a rare virus called “Seoul Virus” that has infected eight people in the states of Wisconsin and Illinois. Pet rats are the source of the outbreak. Last week, the CDC reported an outbreak of the Seoul virus 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. The illness is part of the Hantavirus family of rodent-borne viruses and causes fever, headache, back pain, chills and nausea.

A Wisconsin resident showed up at the hospital with flu-like symptoms last month. That person breeds rodents at home. Another family member also got sick and both ended testing positive for Seoul Virus. Six more people at rat breeding facilities in Illinois also tested positive for the virus bringing the total to 8. All have recovered but the CDC says rats at those facilities might have been distributed to several states including Michigan. The CDC notified Michigan health officials that the infected rats may have been sent or purchased by residents. The states on alert are: Alabama, Arkansas, Colorado, Illinois, Indiana, Louisiana, Michigan, Minnesota, South Carolina, Tennessee, Utah and Wisconsin.

Health experts say if you have pet rodents the general rule of thumb is to always wash your hands with soap and water after touching and feeding them or cleaning their cages. Cages should never be cleaned in the kitchen or bathroom. Anyone who recently bought a rat and has Seoul virus symptoms should contact a health care provider immediately.

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Pet rats linked to virus outbreak in 2 states, Michigan on alert – WILX

Posted by Big Rat on Campus on Jan 28, 2017 in Rat News | Subscribe

Michigan is on alert for a rodent virus outbreak that could be passed on to humans.

The CDC is investigating a rare virus called “Seoul Virus” that has infected eight people in the states of Wisconsin and Illinois. Pet rats are the source of the outbreak. Last week, the CDC reported an outbreak of the Seoul virus 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. The illness is part of the Hantavirus family of rodent-borne viruses and causes fever, headache, back pain, chills and nausea.

A Wisconsin resident showed up at the hospital with flu-like symptoms last month. That person breeds rodents at home. Another family member also got sick and both ended testing positive for Seoul Virus. Six more people at rat breeding facilities in Illinois also tested positive for the virus bringing the total to 8. All have recovered but the CDC says rats at those facilities might have been distributed to several states including Michigan. The CDC notified Michigan health officials that the infected rats may have been sent or purchased by residents. The states on alert are: Alabama, Arkansas, Colorado, Illinois, Indiana, Louisiana, Michigan, Minnesota, South Carolina, Tennessee, Utah and Wisconsin.

Health experts say if you have pet rodents the general rule of thumb is to always wash your hands with soap and water after touching and feeding them or cleaning their cages. Cages should never be cleaned in the kitchen or bathroom. Anyone who recently bought a rat and has Seoul virus symptoms should contact a health care provider immediately.

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