Hepatitis C and Mice

My wife works in an emergency room at a local hospital, and they had someone call them with this question:

“If a mouse bites someone with hepatitis C, can the mouse then get the hep C?”

The docs on staff apparently had differing opinions on this, and they ended up suggesting the caller ask a vet. So they did. And the vet suggested they try the ER.
So she wants me to ask the Teeming Millions[sup]TM[/sup]. So, what’s the dope?

Scientists recently developed a transgenic mouse to use as a model for hepatitis C research. From the article:

So, unless the woman caller stole some transgenic mice from a lab somewhere, then no, the mouse wouldn’t naturally be at risk of contracting hepatitis C.

Thanks Antigen!


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