Patterns of Puumala virus infection in Finland
Rose, A.M.C.; Vapalahti, O.; Lyytikäinen, O.; Nuorti, P.
Euro Surveillance Bulletin Europeen sur les Maladies Transmissibles 8(1): 9-13
ISSN/ISBN: 1560-7917 PMID: 12631978 Accession: 049875697
Puumala hantavirus infection is prevalent throughout most of Europe, and in endemic areas it may be the most common cause of acute renal failure. To evaluate trends in incidence of Puumala virus infections in Finland, we analysed national surveillance data in 12-month periods from March 1995 to February 2002. During this time, 8184 laboratory-confirmed cases were notified to the National Infectious Disease Register. Three epidemic periods were identified, for which the number of cases was more than 1400 (there were approximately 600-900 cases per non-epidemic period). The incidence of Puumala hantavirus infection varied by geographic region during the study period, and the overall number of cases may be increasing.