posted on May, 24 2005 @ 01:03 PM
The deaths of three organ transplant patients have been linked to a single donor, who was infected with the rodent-borne virus LCMV. The donor was
found to have owned a hamster that was traced to Petsmart. Now, Petsmart is randomly testing rodents from their rodent stocks.
A pet store chain linked to a rodent virus that killed three human transplant patients said Tuesday it is testing its breeding stocks of hamsters,
guinea pigs and mice for signs of the virus.
Three patients died from the lymphocytic choriomeningitis virus after receiving organs from a single donor, health officials said Monday. They believe
the donor may have contracted the virus from a hamster purchased at a Petsmart store in Warwick.
A spokesman for Phoenix-based Petsmart said the company is having its hamsters, guinea pigs and mice tested.
"We're taking samples of the breeding stock and also some of the juvenile pets from our vendors for testing," spokesman Bruce Richardson said.
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Recently, there were stories circulating about bacterial infections from rodents, now transplant recipients have died as a result of viral infections
borne by rodents. LCMV is typically not fatal, with a mortality rate of about 1% in humans. One would expect that the immune systems of transplant
recipients would be compromised. In fact, transplant recipients have to take immno-suppressant drugs in order to prevent organ rejection. One would
hope that this type of event does not become common.
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