HARRISBURG, Pa. (CBS) — A rat in a Pennsylvania home-breeding facility has tested positive for the Seoul virus.
Pennsylvania Health Secretary Dr. Karen Murphy said in a statement that the infected rat was purchased from a Tennessee breeding facility with confirmed Seoul virus infections.READ MORE: Philadelphia Leaders Sound Off After Violent Weekend Sees 3 Teens Shot At Penn's Landing
The remaining rats in the Pennsylvania facility were euthanized to prevent the spread of the disease.
“We are working very closely with the CDC to monitor any Seoul virus activity and prevent further exposure,” Murphy said.Health Officials Watching Closely For Potential Spread Of Monkeypox Across United States
The Seoul virus is a type of hantavirus that is found worldwide and spread by rodents, specifically the brown or Norway rat. People can become infected with the virus after coming into contact with the urine, droppings or saliva of infected rodents.
There have been no confirmed human infections of the Seoul virus in Pennsylvania.
According to the CDC, there are currently 13 human infections nationwide.MORE NEWS: Eagles Had Interest In Reunion With Nick Foles Before Super Bowl MVP Signed With Colts: Report
There is no effective treatment for Seoul virus infections.