Detection of imjin virus and Seoul virus in crocidurine shrews in Shandong province, China

Xi Feng Sun, Li Zhao, Zhen Tang Zhang, Miao Miao Liu, Zai Feng Xue, Hong Ling Wen, Dong Qiang Ma, Yu Ting Huang, Yue Sun, Chuan Min Zhou, Li Mei Luo, Jian Wei Liu, Wen Qian Li, Hao Yu, Xue Jie Yu

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Introduction: Recently, hantaviruses have been discovered in insectivores in Europe, Asia, Africa, and North America. Imjin virus (MJNV) was first isolated from the lung tissues of Ussuri white-toothed shrew (Crocidura lasiura) from South Korea in 2009. We aim to detect the species and prevalence of insectivore- and rodent-borne hantaviruses in shrews and rodents. Materials and Methods: Shrews and rodents were captured in Jiaonan County of Shandong Province, China, in 2014. RT-PCR was used to amplify viral RNA of Hantavirus species, including insectivore-borne Imjin virus (MJNV), rodent-borne Hantaan virus (HTNV), and Seoul virus (SEOV) from shrews and rodents. Results and Discussion: We found that MJNV infected 10.7% (19/178) of Crocidura shrews, but it infected none of rodents (0/475); we also found that 2 of 178 (1.1%) Crocidura shrews were PCR positive to SEOV. This study indicated that the major animal hosts of Imjin virus are shrews, and rodent-borne SEOV can infect shrews.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)425-431
Number of pages7
JournalVector-Borne and Zoonotic Diseases
Issue number6
StatePublished - Jun 2017
Externally publishedYes


  • Hantaan virus
  • Hantavirus
  • Imjin virus
  • Seoul virus
  • rodents
  • shrews

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Microbiology
  • Infectious Diseases
  • Virology


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