Volume 78, Issue 5
  • ISSN: 0002-9637
  • E-ISSN: 1476-1645


Hemorrhagic fever with renal syndrome (HFRS) is a significant public health problem with an increasing incidence in Beijing, China (report of disease surveillance from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention of Beijing, China). Hantaviruses were detected using RT-PCR method in blood samples of HFRS patients and lung tissues of rodents captured in Beijing. Phylogenetic analyses of 724bp partial S segment of the hantavirus gene showed that the detected Seoul virus (SEOV) fell into three different lineages, two of which circulated in Beijing. A nucleotide sequence identity of 99.7% for one of the cases of HFRS—the human- and -originated SEOV sequences—had only two silent substitutions, suggesting genetic analysis is an essential tool for “case-investigation.”


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  • Received : 03 Apr 2007
  • Accepted : 20 Jan 2008

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