Seoul virus

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Seoul virus
Virus classification
Group: Group V ((-)ssRNA)
Order: Unassigned
Family: Bunyaviridae
Genus: Hantavirus
Species: Seoul virus

Seoul virus (SEOV) is a species of hantavirus that can cause a form of hemorrhagic fever.

It is carried by rats and accounts for ~25% of cases of hemorrhagic fever with renal syndrome in Asia.[1]

It was first found by Dr. Lee Ho-Wang (Ho-Wang Lee), a Korean virologist. It was originally thought that hemorrhagic fever was caused from a contact with field mice (Genus "Apodemus"), but Dr. Lee fount out that it could also be caused by a contact with brown rat ("Rattus norvegicus"). Since it was first found in an apartment in Seoul, this virus was named "Seoul Virus".[citation needed]

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  1. ^ Yao LS, Qin CF, Pu Y, Zhang XL, Liu YX, Liu Y, Cao XM, Deng YQ, Wang J, Hu KX, Xu BL (2012) Complete genome sequence of Seoul virus isolated from Rattus norvegicus in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea. J Virol 86(24):13853. doi: 10.1128/JVI.02668-12