2 Jun 2016

Hantavirus in new geographic regions, Sweden

Submitted by ohsadmin

In Sweden, human cases of Puumala hantavirus (PUUV) infections are reported from the northern endemic regions. We found hantavirus-specific antibodies in yellow-necked mice (Apodemus flavicollis) trapped in human dwellings in the surroundings of the cities of Uppsala and Stockholm, which are situated far south from the traditional endemic areas of PUUV. Because the yellow-necked mouse is the most common rodent in human dwellings, hantaviruses in this rodent species may be important for the public health.

Authors: Mare Löhmus, Jenny Verner-Carlsson, Olivia Borg, Ann Albihn and Åke Lundkvist.

Read the published article here. There is also a newspaper article in Swedish here.