Soochong virus

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Soochong virus
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Transmission electron micrograph of the Sin Nombre Hantavirus
Virus classification
Group: Group V ((−)ssRNA)
Order: Unassigned
Family: Bunyaviridae
Genus: Hantavirus
Type species
Hantaan virus

Hantaan virus
Muju virus
Seoul virus
Soochong virus

Soochong virus (SOO) is a zoonotic negative sense single-stranded RNA virus species of the genus Hantavirus. It is one of four rodent-borne Hantaviruses found in the Republic of Korea. It is the etiologic agent for Hantavirus hemorrhagic fever with renal syndrome (HFRS). The other species responsible for HFRS in Korea are Seoul virus, Haantan virus, and Muju virus.[1]

Soochong was isolated from four Korean field mice (Apodemus peninsulae) captured in August 1997 at Mt. Gyebang in Hongcheon-gun, Mt. Gachil, Inje-gun, Gangwon Province, and in September 1998 at Mt. Deogyu, Muju-gun, Jeollabuk Province.


This species of Hantavirus has not been shown to transfer from person-to-person. Transmission by aerosolized rodent excreta still remains the only known way the virus is transmitted to humans. In general, drop-let and/or fomite transfer has not been shown in the hantaviruses in either the hemorrhagic or pulmonary forms.[2][3]

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  1. ^ Song Jin-Won; Moon Sung-Sil; Gu Se Hun; Song Ki-Joon; Baek Luck Ju; Kim Heung Chul; Kijek Tod (Feb 2006). "Hemorrhagic fever with renal syndrome in 4 US soldiers, South Korea. Emerging Infectious Diseases". J Med Virol. 78 (2): 290–7. 
  2. ^ Peters, C.J. (2006). "Emerging Infections: Lessons from the Viral Hemorrhagic Fevers". Transactions of the American Clinical and Climatological Association. Transactions of the American Clinical and Climatological Association. 117: 189–197. PMC 1500910Freely accessible. PMID 18528473. 
  3. ^ Crowley, J.; Crusberg, T. "Ebola and Marburg Virus Genomic Structure, Comparative and Molecular Biology". Dept. of Biology & Biotechnology, Worcester Polytechnic Institute. 

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