Epidemiological survey on Hantaan-related virus infection of wild rats(Rattus norvigicus) in Korea

국내 야생 집쥐(Rattus norvigicus)의 유행성 출혈열바이러스 감염증의 역학조사

  • Kim, Hee-sun (United State Army Medical Research Unit, Republic of Korea) ;
  • Graham, Robert Ross (United State Army Medical Research Unit, Republic of Korea) ;
  • Lee, Jun-hak (United State Army Medical Research Unit, Republic of Korea) ;
  • Kang, Mun-il (College of Veterinary Medicine, Chonnan National University) ;
  • Koh, Hong-bum (College of Veterinary Medicine, Chonnan National University)
  • Received : 1993.04.16
  • Published : 1993.04.30

Abstract

Sixty eight wild rats were caught from Seoul, Kyonggi, Kangwon, Cholla, and Kyongsang provinces in Korea. All of them were confirmed in the same species, Rattus norvigicus. All of sera from wild rats were examined by indirect immunofluorescent test against Hantaan-related virus. Detection of anti-body to Hantaan-related virus were 4 out of 68 rats(5.9%), including 2 of 8(25.0%) rats in Kangwon and 2 of 20 rats(10.0%) in Kyongsang province. No difference of the sero-positive rates between sex of rats tested to Hantaan-related virus was recognized. According to age, four rats with antibodies(1:320~640) to Hantaan-related virus belonged one subadult, one young adult, one middle aged adult, and one old adult, respectively.