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2017, Cilt 47, Sayı 1, Sayfa(lar) 006-010
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The Serological Screening of Wild Rodents for Hantavirus Infections in the Middle and Southern Anatolia Region of Turkey
Ceylan POLAT1, Ferhat MATUR2, Mustafa SÖZEN3, Mehmet Ali ÖKTEM1
1Dokuz Eylül Üniversitesi, Tıp Fakültesi, Tıbbi Mikrobiyoloji Anabilim Dalı, İzmir
2Dokuz Eylül Üniversitesi, Fen Fakültesi, Biyoloji Bölümü, İzmir
3Bülent Ecevit Üniversitesi, Fen Edebiyat Fakültesi, Biyoloji Bölümü, Zonguldak
Keywords: Hantavirus, rodent, serology

Objective: Hantaviruses infect humans via inhalation of the viral particles in the secretions of some rodents and insectivores. The rodent species which known as reservoirs of Dobrava (DOBV), Puumala (PUUV), Saaremaa (SAAV), Tula (TULV) and Seoul (SEOV) viruses of Hantavirus subtypes which cause hemorrhagic fever with renal syndrome (HFRS) are are also found in Turkey. Early diagnosis of Hantavirus infections is difficult, because of the flu-like symptoms and rapid progression of the disease. However, the prevalance of hantavirus seropositivity in rodents from the field works could predict and warn authorities for possible human outbreaks. In this study field research and regional screening were aimed.

Material and Methods: In the present study serum samples of 193 rodents of Apodemus spp., Microtus spp. and Mus spp. collected from Muğla, Antalya, Niğde, Aksaray, Konya, Karaman, Mersin, Hatay Provinces were screened using serological methods.

Results: The presence of antibody against Hantaviruses were not detected in these rodents.

Conclusion: There are a large number of geographical areas in Turkey that have not screened for hantaviruses. Determination of Hantavirus prevalance and the risk status of other regions in further studies to be performed conveys importance.


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