WHO warns of deadly outbreak of rat-borne hantavirus in Argentina
At least 11 people have died in Argentina after becoming infected with hantavirus, a disease carried by rats and other rodents, according to a news alert from the World Health Organization (WHO). (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - January 24, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome – Argentine Republic
On 19 December 2018, the Argentinian Ministry of Health and Social Development issued an epidemiological alert regarding an increase in cases of hantavirus pulmonary syndrome (HPS) in Epuy én, Chubut Province. Between 28 October 2018 – 20 January of 2019, a total of 29 laboratory-confirmed cases of HPS, including 11 deaths have been reported in Epuyén, Chubut Province. Epuyén has a population of approximately 2 000 persons, and Chubut Province is located in Patagonia in southern Argentina. The index case had environmental exposure prior to symptom onset on 2 November, and subsequently attended a ...
Source: WHO Disease Outbreaks - January 23, 2019 Category: Infectious Diseases Tags: news Source Type: news

Argentina isolates 85 people to quell hantavirus outbreak
An Argentine judge has ordered 85 residents of a remote Patagonian town to stay in their homes for at least 30 days to help halt an outbreak of hantavirus in which nine people have died (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - January 11, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

Hantavirus disease – Republic of Panama
The Panama Ministry of Health has reported an increase in cases of hantavirus infection in Los Santos Province, Republic of Panama, to the Pan American Health Organization / World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO). Between 1 January and 22 December 2018, a total of 103 confirmed cases of hantavirus have been reported at the national level, 99 of which were reported in Los Santos Province. In Los Santos Province, 51 cases were classified as hantavirus fever1 (HF) without pulmonary syndrome and 48 cases were classified as hantavirus pulmonary syndrome2 (HPS), including four deaths. Cases were confirmed by serology and polymeras...
Source: WHO Disease Outbreaks - January 4, 2019 Category: Infectious Diseases Tags: news Source Type: news

Hantavirus
(Source: eMedicineHealth.com)
Source: eMedicineHealth.com - December 18, 2018 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

Antibodies to abrogate Andes hantavirus
(Source: ScienceNOW)
Source: ScienceNOW - November 22, 2018 Category: Science Authors: Pujanandez, L. Tags: twis Source Type: news

Study Identifies How Hantaviruses Infect Lung Cells
November 21, 2018—(BRONX, NY)—Hantaviruses cause severe and sometimes fatal respiratory infections, but how they infect lung cells has been a mystery. In today’s issue of Nature, an international team including researchers atAlbert Einstein College of Medicine reports that hantaviruses gain entry to lung cells by“unlocking” a cell-surface receptor called protocadherin-1 (PCDH1). Deleting this receptor made lab animals highly resistant to infection. The findings show that targeting PCDH1 could be a useful strategy against deadlyhantavirus pulmonary syndrome (HPS). (Source: Einstein News)
Source: Einstein News - November 21, 2018 Category: Universities & Medical Training Source Type: news

NIH-funded researchers identify how hantaviruses infect the lungs
(NIH/National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases) A human protein associated with asthma is key to how hantaviruses infect the lungs and sometimes cause the life-threatening pulmonary condition hantavirus pulmonary syndrome (HPS), according to researchers supported by NIH. They say the most prevalent hantaviruses in North America (Sin Nombre virus) and South America (Andes virus) can recognize the protein, protocadherin-1 (PCDH1), and exploit it to infect the lungs. They hope that disrupting that recognition event could lead to a therapeutic against HPS. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - November 21, 2018 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Study identifies how hantaviruses infect lung cells
(Albert Einstein College of Medicine) Hantaviruses cause severe and sometimes fatal respiratory infections, but how they infect lung cells has been a mystery. In today's issue of Nature, an international team including researchers at Albert Einstein College of Medicine reports that hantaviruses gain entry to lung cells by 'unlocking' a cell-surface receptor called protocadherin-1 (PCDH1). Deleting this receptor made lab animals highly resistant to infection. The findings show that targeting PCDH1 could be a useful strategy against deadly hantavirus pulmonary syndrome. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - November 21, 2018 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

USAMRIID scientists help identify key hantavirus receptor
(US Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases) A global team of investigators has identified a key protein involved in Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome (HPS), a serious and sometimes fatal respiratory disease, according to research published today in Nature. The cell-surface receptor protein protocadherin-1 (PCDH1), commonly associated with human asthma, is responsible for facilitating lung cell infection and triggering HPS. Discovery of the cellular receptor for hantaviruses allows for rational and logical drug and antibody design to prevent the virus from infecting lung tissue. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious...
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - November 21, 2018 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

New Mexico boy, 9, dies after contracting deadly RAT disease that left him on life support
Fernando Hernandez, nine, of Bloomfield, New Mexico, was diagnosed with hantavirus, a rare and fatal disease spread through rodent droppings that cripples the organs, in February. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - November 5, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Of Mice and Men: Discovering a Deadly Hantavirus in the Americas
August 15, 2018 1:00-2:30pm ET. (Source: PHPartners.org)
Source: PHPartners.org - July 19, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

9 Kinds of Bug Bites You Might Get This Summer — and What to Do About Them
This article originally appeared on Health.com (Source: TIME: Health)
Source: TIME: Health - June 4, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Amanda Gardner / Health Tags: Uncategorized healthytime onetime public health Source Type: news

Health Highlights: April 27, 2018
Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay: New Mexico Woman Dies of Rare Rodent-Borne Hantavirus A 27-year-old New Mexico woman has died of Hantavirus, a rare illness that's contracted... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - April 27, 2018 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

New Mexico boy diagnosed with deadly rodent-carried Hantavirus
Fernando Hernandez, nicknamed Ferni, was hospitalized in Farmington, New Mexico, in late January with what his parents thought was the flu but turned out to be Hantavirus. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - March 6, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

New Mexico boy, 9, diagnosed with deadly rodent-carried Hantavirus
Fernando Hernandez, nicknamed Ferni, was hospitalized in Farmington, New Mexico, in late January with what his parents thought was the flu but turned out to be Hantavirus. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - March 5, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

New Mexico mom diagnosed with rare virus carried by mice
Kiley Lane, 27, of Farmington, New Mexico, has been diagnosed with Hantavirus, a disease that enters the bloodstream after contact with infected deer mice and kills 36 percent of patients. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - February 27, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Got a Pet Rat? Watch Out for This Scary New Virus
Seoul virus is a rat-borne hantavirus that typically causes symptoms that resemble the flu -- fever, headache, muscle pain. In rare cases infection can lead to hospitalization with hemorrhagic fever and kidney failure. (Source: WebMD Health)
Source: WebMD Health - February 6, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Have a Pet Rat? Watch Out for This Scary New Virus
Seoul virus is a rat-borne hantavirus that typically causes symptoms that resemble the flu -- fever, headache, muscle pain. In rare cases infection can lead to hospitalization with hemorrhagic fever and kidney failure. (Source: WebMD Health)
Source: WebMD Health - February 6, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Got a Pet Rat? Watch Out for This Scary New Virus
MONDAY, Feb. 5, 2018 -- Your pet rat could make you very sick by transmitting a virus that's newly emerged in North America, U.S. health officials warn. Seoul virus is a rat-borne hantavirus that typically causes symptoms that resemble the flu --... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - February 5, 2018 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

Here's The Virus That People Are Catching From Their Pet Rats
There's a new hantavirus on the block -- everything you need to know to avoid getting sick from it. (Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News)
Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News - February 5, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Judy Stone, Contributor Source Type: news

Here's The Virus People Are Catching From Their Pet Rats
There's a new hantavirus on the block--everything you need to know to avoid getting sick from it. (Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News)
Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News - February 5, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Judy Stone, Contributor Source Type: news

Einstein Researchers Awarded Three NIH Grants Totaling $12 Million to Fight Virulent Viruses
August 11, 2017—BRONX, NY—The NIH has awarded Einstein researchers three grants totaling more than $12 million to protect against three deadly viruses—Ebola, Marburg and hantavirus. Research collaborations betweenKartik Chandran, Ph.D., professor of microbiology& immunology and the Harold and Muriel Block Faculty Scholar in Virology, andJonathan Lai, Ph.D., associate professor of biochemistry, have led to novel approaches for developing vaccines and treatments. (Source: Einstein News)
Source: Einstein News - August 11, 2017 Category: Universities & Medical Training Source Type: news

Einstein researchers awarded 3 NIH grants totaling $12 million to fight virulent viruses
(Albert Einstein College of Medicine) The NIH has awarded Einstein researchers three grants totaling more than $12 million to protect against three deadly viruses -- Ebola, Marburg and hantavirus. Research collaborations between Kartik Chandran, Ph.D., professor of microbiology& immunology and the Harold and Muriel Block Faculty Scholar in Virology, and Jonathan Lai, Ph.D. associate professor of biochemistry, have led to novel approaches for developing vaccines and treatments. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - August 11, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Outbreak of Hantavirus Infections Kills 3 in Washington State Outbreak of Hantavirus Infections Kills 3 in Washington State
Five people have been stricken with the rare, rodent-borne hantavirus illness in Washington state since February, three of whom have died, in the state's worst outbreak of the disease in at least 18 years.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - July 10, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Infectious Diseases News Source Type: news

Outbreak of hantavirus infections kills three in Washington state
(Reuters) - Five people have been stricken with the rare, rodent-borne hantavirus illness in Washington state since February, three of whom have died, in the state's worst outbreak of the disease in at least 18 years, public health officials reported on Thursday. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - July 7, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Cytokine profile differentiating Old World and New World hantaviral infections
(Kazan Federal University) Hantavirus infection is acute zoonosis clinically manifesting in two forms: Hemorrhagic Fever with Renal Syndrome (HFRS), caused by Old World hantaviruses, and Hantavirus pulmonary syndrome (HPS), caused by New World hantaviruses. Mild form of HFRS, Nephropaia epidemica (NE), is diagnosed in Tatarstan region of Russia, while HPS is endemic in Americas. Humans become infected by inhaling virus contaminated aerosol of urine and feces. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - June 15, 2017 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome Risk Up for Some Populations
American - Indians account for 18 percent of case - patients, have higher case - fatality rates than whites (Source: Pulmonary Medicine News - Doctors Lounge)
Source: Pulmonary Medicine News - Doctors Lounge - April 20, 2017 Category: Respiratory Medicine Tags: Infections, Pathology, Pulmonology, Journal, Source Type: news

What Health Risks Does Climate Change Pose?
Discussion Japanese encephalitis virus (JEV) is a Flavivirae, arbovirus that is endemic to many areas of Asia and the Pacific. It is estimated to affect ~70,000 people/year with ~10-15,000 deaths yearly in 20 countries, with a fatality rate of 35-40%. It can cause encephalitis and irreversible neurological morbidity. JEV is spread by Culex mosquitos which feed on swine. Increased environmental temperature and increased humidity (warm air is more moist) increases mosquito numbers, their survivability and ultimate dissemination. China has the highest rates of JEV with particular areas being more prone, as some areas co-farm ...
Source: PediatricEducation.org - March 6, 2017 Category: Pediatrics Authors: pediatriceducationmin Tags: Uncategorized Source Type: news

Seoul virus – United States of America and Canada
On 24 January 2017, the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), through their Health Alert Network (HAN) publication, reported 8 cases of infection with Seoul virus in the states of Wisconsin (n=2) and Illinois (n=6). The first two cases were reported in early December 2016, when two home-based pet rat breeders in Wisconsin State developed an acute febrile illness, later confirmed as Seoul virus infection. Rats (Rattus norvegicus) at some facilities also tested positive for Seoul virus. Human infection with Seoul virus is not commonly found in the United States; this virus family also includes Sin N...
Source: WHO Disease Outbreaks - February 20, 2017 Category: Infectious Diseases Tags: news Source Type: news

8 People Infected in Rare U.S. Outbreak of Rat Virus
Those handling rodents in breeding facilities in 2 states contracted Seoul virus, CDC reports Source: HealthDay Related MedlinePlus Pages: Animal Diseases and Your Health, Hantavirus Infections (Source: MedlinePlus Health News)
Source: MedlinePlus Health News - January 20, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Notes from the Field: Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome in a Migrant Farm Worker — Colorado, 2016
(Source: CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report)
Source: CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report - January 19, 2017 Category: American Health Source Type: news

New Mexico Sees Two More Cases of Hantavirus
“Photo” by My Name is licensed under CC0. New Mexico’s McKinley County recently announced it has confirmed two more cases of hantavirus pulmonary syndrome. They are the seventh and eight cases of hantavirus confirmed in New Mexico this year. The 59-year-old man and 29-year-old woman diagnosed have been hospitalized. Hantavirus is a disease carried by rodents and can be transmitted to humans through saliva, urine or droppings. People will often inhale the virus when cleaning up rodent droppings and nesting materials. In New Mexico, the primary culprit of hantavirus is the deer mouse, which carries the Sin...
Source: Network News - December 15, 2016 Category: Databases & Libraries Authors: NN/LM South Central Region Tags: New Mexico Public Health Source Type: news

UCLA faculty voice: We can ’t rely on luck to counter public health threats
UCLA Dr. Jonathan Fielding Dr. Jonathan Fielding, is a professor-in-residence of health policy and management in the UCLA Fielding of Public Health and pediatrics in the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. He served as chair of the independent expert panel on the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services response to Ebola. This op-ed appeared in U.S. News and World Report. In 2014, we were lucky. There were only four diagnosed cases of Ebola virus in the United States. But in Africa, there were over 25,000 diagnosed cases of Ebola virus and more than 11,000 deaths, amounting to a public health tragedy. The respons...
Source: UCLA Newsroom: Health Sciences - August 18, 2016 Category: Universities & Medical Training Source Type: news

Child infected with life-threatening hantavirus after being inside rodent-infested building
Humans become infected by inhaling dust that has mixed with saliva or urine of deer mice. The newly-infected girl had been in a rodent infested building, North Dakota officials said on Wednesday. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - July 21, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Grieving family warns others of rare but deadly hantavirus
As health officials in Saskatchewan issue their annual reminder about hantavirus, Julia McIsaac would like to spare other families the grief hers has experienced since her daughter died of the disease in June 2014. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - April 22, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Canada/Saskatchewan Source Type: news

AIBS Report Documents Returns from Federally Funded Research
Federally funded biological research has a strong record of producing positive outcomes for the nation, according to a new report prepared by the American Institute of Biological Sciences (AIBS). “Biological Innovation: Benefits of Federal Investments in Biology” highlights some of the innovations and technical advancements resulting from biology research. “The contributions biological scientists make to our nation are astounding, said Robert Gropp, Interim Co-Executive Director of AIBS. “From research that saves lives to discoveries that create new jobs and economic opportunities, biology research...
Source: Public Policy Reports - April 19, 2016 Category: Biology Authors: AIBS Source Type: news

Structure of a hantavirus protein as a promising model for drug design
There is no treatment for infection with the dangerous hantavirus. Scientists have now identified the three-dimensional structure of a hantavirus protein that is essential for replication of the virus. They have published their findings, providing a blueprint for the design of antiviral drugs. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)
Source: ScienceDaily Headlines - February 26, 2016 Category: Science Source Type: news

Structure of a hantavirus protein as a promising model for drug design
(Max Delbrück Center for Molecular Medicine in the Helmholtz Association) There is no treatment for infection with the dangerous hantavirus. Scientists at the Max Delbrück Center for Molecular Medicine (MDC) have now identified the three-dimensional structure of a hantavirus protein that is essential for replication of the virus. They have published their findings in the journal Cell Reports, providing a blueprint for the design of antiviral drugs. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - February 26, 2016 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Link between small mammals and evolution of hepatitis A virus to humans discovered
(University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill) Researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill are part of an international team led by the University of Bonn, Germany, who have found a link between the origin of hepatitis A virus (HAV) and small mammals. With the emergence of Ebola virus from bats and hantaviruses from rodents, investigators say identifying the other species infected with HAV provides novel insight into the evolution of HAV and how it spread to humans. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - November 3, 2015 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Hantaviruses are highly dependent on cell membrane cholesterol to infect humans
Hantaviruses use cholesterol in cell walls to gain access into cells and infect humans, according to laboratory research. Multiple genes involved in cholesterol sensing, regulation and production, including key components to a chemical pathway called SREBP (sterol response element binding protein), are critical to hantaviruses gaining entry, the researchers found. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)
Source: ScienceDaily Headlines - June 30, 2015 Category: Science Source Type: news

Ecologist warns of bamboo fueling spread of hantavirus
The popularity of bamboo landscaping could increase the spread of hantavirus, researchers say, with the plant's prolific seed production creating a population boom among seed-eating deer mice that carry the disease. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)
Source: ScienceDaily Headlines - May 7, 2015 Category: Science Source Type: news

WSU ecologist warns of bamboo fueling spread of hantavirus
(Washington State University) Washington State University researchers say the popularity of bamboo landscaping could increase the spread of hantavirus, with the plant's prolific seed production creating a population boom among seed-eating deer mice that carry the disease. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - May 7, 2015 Category: Biology Source Type: news

First evidence of Seoul hantavirus found in wild rat population in the Netherlands
Researchers report discovering the first evidence of Seoul hantavirus (SEOV) in the wild rat population in the Netherlands. The discovery comes on the heels of similar ones in France, Belgium and the United Kingdom in recent years, and has some researchers concerned about the potential spread of the virus to humans. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)
Source: ScienceDaily Headlines - February 12, 2015 Category: Science Source Type: news

Cows with human chromosomes enlisted to fight hantavirus
Researchers have genetically engineered cows to produce human antibodies against the deadly hantavirus and possibly other diseases (Source: ScienceNOW)
Source: ScienceNOW - November 26, 2014 Category: Science Source Type: news

Human antibodies produced in DNA-vaccinated cows protect in lethal models of hantavirus
(US Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases) Scientists investigating the potentially deadly hantavirus have used a novel approach to developing protective antibodies against it. The research, published in Science Translational Medicine, used specially bred 'transchromosomal' cows engineered to produce fully human antibodies. Investigators immunized the cows with DNA vaccines targeting two types of hantaviruses, Andes and Sin Nombre. The team collected plasma from the cows, purified the human IgG antibodies, and tested the material, which had potent neutralizing activity against both hantaviruses. (Source: E...
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - November 26, 2014 Category: Biology Source Type: news

Hantavirus: Symptoms, Precautions and Prevention
Hantaviruses are a group of viruses that are carried by rodents. One of these, ‘Sin Nombre virus,’ is found in deer mice in North America. Sin Nombre virus is the cause of Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome (HPS) in people. (Source: Disabled World)
Source: Disabled World - October 16, 2014 Category: Disability Tags: Health and Disability Source Type: news

NYC Rats Are Even Grosser Than You Thought
Rats are a part of daily life in New York as they scurry about subway tracks and garbage heaps. However, even though the creatures been neighbors of New Yorkers for centuries, researchers are still learning exactly how these rodents could affect the health of millions. In a recently released study from scientists at Columbia University, researchers confirmed the fears of every New Yorker. These ubiquitous pests are housing dangerous bacteria including E. Coli, Salmonella and viruses including the deadly Seoul Hantavirus. (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - October 14, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

Rats of New York and the diseases they carry
(Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health) In the first study to look at would-be diseases carried by New York City rats, scientists at the Center for Infection and Immunity at Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health identified bacterial pathogens, including E. coli, Salmonella, and C. difficile, that cause mild to life-threatening gastroenteritis in people; Seoul hantavirus, which causes Ebola-like hemorrhagic fever and kidney failure in humans; and the closest relative to human hepatitis C. Results appear in the journal mBio. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - October 14, 2014 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news