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Lymphocytic choriomeningitis virus (LCMV) and pregnancy : facts and prevention
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    Lymphocytic choriomeningitis virus (LCMV) is carried by wild mice. Laboratory rodents and pet rodents, such as hamsters and guinea pigs, can become infected with LCMV from contact with wild mice. This can happen in a breeding facility, in a laboratory facility, in a pet store, or in the home (e.g., if wild mice are present). Humans can become infected with LCMV through contact with urine, blood, saliva, droppings, or nesting materials of infected rodents. This could occur, for example, through a break in the skin or a bite from an infected rodent. Infection can also be spread by inhaling dust or droplets containing LCMV, such as while sweeping infected rodent droppings. A pregnant woman who becomes infected with LCMV can pass the infection to her unborn baby. LCMV infection can also be spread to patients who receive an organ trans­ plant from an infected donor. However, spread of LCMV infection from one person to another is not known to occur outside these situations. lcmvqa.pdf
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