Zoonotic concern: Lymphocytic Choriomeningitis Virus in Rodents

Key Points

  • Lymphocytic choriomeningitis or LCM is a rodent-borne viral infectious disease.
  • Humans are infected with lymphocytic choriomeningitis virus or LCMV by direct contact with or inhalation of fresh urine, droppings, saliva, or contaminated nesting materials.
  • Clinical infection in humans can result in serious systemic infection including aseptic meningitis or meningoencephalitis.
  • Anyone who comes into contact with rodents is potentially at risk.
  • Always wash your hands with soap and water after handling rodents or their cages and bedding.

The physical and psychological benefits of pet ownership have been well established, however close contact with pets is not without risks including the potential for transmission of zoonotic disease. Rodents can carry a number of potential pathogens including lymphocytic choriomeningitis virus. Lymphocytic choriomeningitis virus is found throughout the world in wild rodents. Disease is especially common in . . .

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