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01 October 2018, 12:22 | Melissa Porter
World's first human case of rat disease discovered in Hong Kong
Dr. Siddharth Sridhar, clinical assistant professor at the University of Hong Kongsaid, "Previous laboratory experiments have found that rat hepatitis E virus can not be transmitted to monkeys, and human hepatitis A virus can not be transmitted to rats", explaining that when it comes to disease susceptibility, monkeys are the closest to humans.
The man contracted the disease after he underwent a liver transplant following chronic infection with hepatitis B. With no obvious case, the patient continued to exhibit symptoms of abnormal liver function. Scientists estimate that it could take food, pasukim infected droppings. It wasn't until they tested frozen samples of a rat from 2012 that had once roamed the area that they found a potential source: the dead rat had the virus, according to the Post. This is thanks to "lots of commonalities between rats and humans", he said.
The world's first human case of rat disease has been diagnosed in China.
Image: There were signs of a rat infestation outside the patient's home.
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