Tulavirus: infection detected in men in Germany
He had shown symptoms of kidney failure. Then it turned out: It is the Tulavirus. How dangerous is that
Berlin. Not another one Virus one or the other may think at this news: that which occurs mainly in field mice Tulavirus was for the first time directly identified as the cause of a disease in a person in Germany.
The molecular biological proof of the pathogen belonging to the hantaviruses was provided jointly by researchers from the Friedrich Loeffler Institute (FLI) and the Charité in Berlin, as the FLI reported. So far there has been in Germany According to the Robert Koch Institute (RKI), there is very little indirect evidence of such an infection.
Tulavirus: Man showed symptoms of kidney failure
According to the FLI, a young man in the hospital showed symptoms of an acute one Kidney failure. Further investigations confirmed the suspicion of one Hantaviruserkrankung. It was not initially possible to determine which virus exactly caused the disease. A molecular analysis then provided the first molecular evidence of a Tulavirus infection in a patient in Germany. The work is published in the journal “Emerging Infectious Diseases”.
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“This result is now also advancing Feldmaus and the tula virus associated with it is in the focus of hantavirus epidemiology and will require better typing of hantavirus diseases in the future, ”said Rainer Ulrich, head of the national reference laboratory for hantaviruses in animals at the FLI.
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Joint follow-up studies with the Julius Kühn Institute should therefore determine the spread of the tula virus in field mice and other voles more precisely. “Because of the mass reproductions that occur in the field mouse, the occurrence of human infections with the tula virus should be monitored more closely,” emphasized Ulrich.
Hantaviruses: No human-to-human transmission
Hantaviruses are like about rodents Rats and mice transferred to humans. The viruses are usually inhaled, for example through contaminated dust. The viruses do not spread from person to person in Germany.
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According to the Robert Koch Institute (RKI), the number of cases fluctuates. Infections with the hantavirus usually cause illnesses with flu-like symptoms – high fever, headache and body aches; also nausea or vomiting. The kidneys can also be impaired, leading to acute kidney failure. Only the symptoms can be treated. There are no specific drugs or vaccinations.
In Germany, hantavirus diseases in humans have been reported to be mainly due to the Puumala virus Rötelmäusen returned. This virus only occurs in the western, northwest and southern parts of Germany. The Tulavirus, which is closely related to the Puumala virus, occurs in all parts of Germany. (jb / dpa)