Human metapneumovirus infection in wild mountain gorillas, Rwanda

Gustavo Palacios, Linda J Lowenstine, Michael R. Cranfield, Kirsten Vk Gilardi, Lucy Spelman, Magda Lukasik-Braum, Jean Felix Kinani, Antoine Mudakikwa, Elisabeth Nyirakaragire, Ana Valeria Bussetti, Nazir Savji, Stephen Hutchison, Michael Egholm, W. Ian Lipkin

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The genetic relatedness of mountain gorillas and humans has led to concerns about interspecies transmission of infectious agents. Human-to-gorilla transmission may explain human metapneumovirus in 2 wild mountain gorillas that died during a respiratory disease outbreak in Rwanda in 2009. Surveillance is needed to ensure survival of these critically endangered animals.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)711-713
Number of pages3
JournalEmerging Infectious Diseases
Issue number4
StatePublished - Apr 2011

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Microbiology (medical)
  • Infectious Diseases
  • Epidemiology

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    Palacios, G., Lowenstine, L. J., Cranfield, M. R., Gilardi, K. V., Spelman, L., Lukasik-Braum, M., Kinani, J. F., Mudakikwa, A., Nyirakaragire, E., Bussetti, A. V., Savji, N., Hutchison, S., Egholm, M., & Ian Lipkin, W. (2011). Human metapneumovirus infection in wild mountain gorillas, Rwanda. Emerging Infectious Diseases, 17(4), 711-713.