Sample sent to PHE Rare and Imported Pathogens Laboratory (RIPL), Porten Down for Hantavirus diagnostics. Specific tests depend on exposure / travel history, disease presentation, and duration of symptoms and PCR may be performed on other sample types. Hantaviruses include the Hantaan, Seoul, Dobrava, Puumala and Sin Nombre groups. The infection is a zoonosis. Rodents are the primary natural reservoir. This assay is available routinely Mon to Fri.
Hantaviruses are distributed globally and cause two serious infections in humans; 'haemorrhagic fever with renal syndrome' (HFRS) and 'hantavirus pulmonary syndrome' (HPS). The first UK cases of Seoul virus infection have recently been reported.
Synonyms or keywords:
Hantaan, Seoul, Dobrava, Puumala, Sin Nombre