The Tula hantavirus was first identified in Germany as the cause of a hantavirus infection. Researchers from the Friedrich Loeffler Institute (FLI) and Charité Berlin report on the case (Emerg Inf Dis 2021; 27: 4). It is now clear: In this country, at least four human pathogenic hantaviruses occur in different rodents.
As the FLI reported in a communication on the occasion of the publication, a 21-year-old man had to be hospitalized with symptoms of acute kidney failure. The serological tests had confirmed a hantavirus disease, but the Tula hantavirus was only successfully identified through a subsequent molecular analysis by the Charité’s consulting laboratory for hantaviruses.
Focus more on the Tulavirus!
“In a comparative phylogenetic analysis, the genome sequence obtained from the virus was most similar to tula virus sequences from field mice,” reports the FLI. The result is now the field mouse and the tula virus associated with it, more in the focus of the hantavirus epidemiology.
In future, a more precise virus typing should therefore be carried out for diseases with the hantavirus and the distribution of the tula virus in the reservoir field vole and other voles should be characterized more precisely. (bae)