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Archives



Mouse Parvovirus Outbreak

November 15, 1999 Update


Status of Mouse Colonies


On July 13, sentinels were found seropositive for MPV and 5 mouse rooms were quarantined. Eleven (11) of these sentinels were from the same source, stock and shipment. Since that time, the DAR has tested 661 mice and found only one additional sentinel to be seropositive. This mouse was from the original shipment of MPV-positive animals. Based upon the failure to find MPV using serology and PCR in 660 mice since July, including 179 sentinels in October, the DAR has lifted quarantine restrictions on all colonies.



The Future


We do not live in a risk-free world and there is always risk of infectious disease with rodents. However, it is of increasing concern that something we take for granted as seemingly impregnable bastions of pathogen-free rodents, the commercial breeders, may be the source of a considerable number of infections today. In our case, strong circumstantial evidence suggested that we bought MPV-seropositive mice from a commercial vendor. Consequently, the facility where these mice were purchased has been discontinued as an approved site for Emory scientists. Nationally, widespread outbreaks of MHV at multiple institutions share the common thread of a sole vendor. There is increasing concern among the laboratory animal veterinary community that the nature and degree of pathogen testing by the vendors may not be adequate to detect breaks in a timely way or to detect infections that are slow to spread and at a low incidence.



Mouse Use Guidelines


For reasons given in the preceding paragraph, it is critically important to properly use the containment caging system and not open cages outside of a biosafety cabinet. This is the only way that we can safely receive and use mice without quarantining mice, at a great cost and inconvenience, from commercial vendors. Additionally, rodent users should note that all personnel entering mouse rooms must continue to wear a disposable gown, hair net, surgical-type mask, shoe covers and gloves and must change such garb if moving from room-to-room. Mice should only be handled in a biosafety cabinet with gloved hands kept moist with disinfectant. DAR staff handle mice during cage changes with forceps soaked in povidone iodine disinfectant. Research personnel should not enter clean cage wash and clean cage storage areas. The DAR will make every effort to provide clean cages and other implements for investigator use in accessible areas either in or near mouse rooms.



Animal Transfers


Under no circumstance may rodents be moved from other institutions, including the VAMC or Yerkes, to campus without veterinary approval. Likewise, researchers working with mice at the VAMC or Yerkes must not subsequently enter animal research facilities on campus during the same day. On campus, rodents should not be moved from room-to-room or building-to-building on the Emory campus without the knowledge and consent of the veterinary staff.