Lymphocytic Choriomeningitis in a Hamster Colony Causes Infection of Hospital Personnel

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Science  27 Sep 1974:
Vol. 185, Issue 4157, pp. 1173-1174
DOI: 10.1126/science.185.4157.1173


A series of febrile illnesses, some severe, among hospital personnel was traced to an outbreak of lymphocytic choriomeningitis in a hospital research colony of Syrian hamsters. By rapid virus isolation and identification techniques, a definitive diagnosis was made 5 days after specimens were received. This outbreak emphasizes the dangers of working with experimental hamsters and tumor cell lines passaged in them.