An outbreak of a flu-like virus in Illinois and Wisconsin has been linked to two rat breeders in Illinois, the Illinois Department of Public Health said. Six Illinois residents have tested positive for Seoul virus, a type of hantavirus that may cause flu-like symptoms and, in severe cases, kidney disease. All of those residents had direct contact with rats that came from two different rodent breeders or “ratteries.” Two additional people in Wisconsin were infected with the virus after purchasing rats from the same two Illinois ratteries, IDPH officials said. “Seoul virus is not known to be transmitted from person ... Read More
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