An article by several members of One Health Sweden was published online ahead of print on the 18th of November:
Strand Tanja M., Löhmus Mare, Persson Vinnersten Thomas, Råsbäck Therese, Sundström Karin, Bergström Tomas, and Lundkvist Åke. Highly Pathogenic Leptospira Found in Urban Brown Rats (Rattus norvegicus) in the Largest Cities of Sweden. Vector-Borne and Zoonotic Diseases. -Not available-, ahead of print. doi:10.1089/vbz.2015.1800.
Leptospirosis is an emerging zoonosis of global concern; however, its contemporary occurrence in Sweden, a European country partly located north of the Arctic Circle, is poorly known. Four out of 30 brown rats, captured within urban districts in Sweden, were found to be positive for antibodies to Leptospira interrogans serovar Icterohaemorrhagiae. This serovar causes Weil's disease in humans, a severe infection with jaundice, renal failure, and hemorrhage. Our study is the first finding of this highly pathogenic serovar in Swedish rats since the 1930s.
Highlighted in the media
The findings have been highlighted by a number of Swedish media, for instance:
- Hem och Hyra 19 November 2015
- SVT Vetenskap 19 November 2015
- Ny teknik 20 November 2015
- Upsala Nya Tidning 19 November (web) 20 November (print) 2015
- News agency TT 19 November (cited by many other Swedish web media 19 Nov 2015, i.e. www.aftonbladet.se)