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Heterogeneous Puumala orthohantavirus situation in endemic regions in Germany in summer 2019

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1144497760
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Friedrich-Loeffler-Institut, Federal Research Institute for Animal Health, Institute of Novel and Emerging Infectious Diseases, Greifswald-Insel Riems, Germany.
Binder, Florian;
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1056070455
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Friedrich-Loeffler-Institut, Federal Research Institute for Animal Health, Institute of Novel and Emerging Infectious Diseases, Greifswald-Insel Riems, Germany.
Drewes, Stephan;
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1172105332
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Julius Kühn-Institute (JKI), Institute for Plant Protection in Horticulture and Forests, Germany
Imholt, Christian;
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LAVES Lower Saxony, Veterinary Task-Force, Department of Pest Control, Oldenburg, Germany.
Saathoff, Marion;
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1172104808
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Julius Kühn-Institute (JKI), Institute for Plant Protection in Horticulture and Forests, Germany
Below, Diana Alexandra;
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Friedrich-Loeffler-Institut, Federal Research Institute for Animal Health, Institute of Novel and Emerging Infectious Diseases, Greifswald-Insel Riems, Germany.
Bendl, Elias;
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1019537280
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Friedrich-Loeffler-Institut, Federal Research Institute for Animal Health, Institute of Epidemiology, Greifswald-Insel Riems, Germany.
Conraths, Franz Josef;
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Health Office, District of Osnabrück, Osnabrück, Germany.
Tenhaken, Peter;
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The Governmental Institute of Public Health of Lower Saxony, Hannover, Germany.
Mylius, Maren;
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State Health Office Baden-Württemberg, Stuttgart, Germany.
Brockmann, Stefan;
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State Health Office Baden-Württemberg, Stuttgart, Germany.
Oehme, Rainer;
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LAVES Lower Saxony, Veterinary Task-Force, Department of Pest Control, Oldenburg, Germany.
Freise, Jona;
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122411307
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Julius Kühn-Institute (JKI), Institute for Plant Protection in Horticulture and Forests, Germany
Jacob, Jens;
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1019565543
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Friedrich-Loeffler-Institut, Federal Research Institute for Animal Health, Institute of Novel and Emerging Infectious Diseases, Greifswald-Insel Riems, Germany.
Ulrich, Rainer

Puumala orthohantavirus (PUUV) causes most human hantavirus disease cases in Europe. PUUV disease outbreaks are usually synchronized Germany-wide driven by beech mast-induced irruptions of its host (bank vole, Myodes glareolus). Recent data indicate high vole abundance, high PUUV prevalence and high human incidence in summer 2019 for some regions, but elsewhere values were low to moderate. This significant lack of synchrony among regions in Germany is in contrast to previous studies. Health institutions need to be informed about the heterogeneous distribution of human PUUV infection risk to initiate appropriate actions.

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