MOSCOW, Russia (AP) -- An outbreak of rodent-borne fever has stricken a small town in central Russia, sickening dozens of people, ITAR-Tass news agency reported Friday.

Over the past month, 62 people have been hospitalized with hemorrhagic fever in Pokhvistnevo, a town in the Samara region, the report said.Residents of Pokhvistnevo contracted the fever while collecting the fall harvest, the report said.