ILLINOIS, WISCONSIN- The CDC announced the virus has been confirmed in eight cases.
The recent cases are "the first human cases we've seen in the United States associated with pet rats,"
said Dr. Jennifer McQuiston, a veterinarian and deputy division director for CDC's division of high
consequent pathogens and pathology. Several previous outbreaks reported in the US occurred in wild rats.
Previously, outbreaks have been reported in Europe that are associated with pet rats as the source.