Short report: Prevalence of hantavirus infection in rodents associated with two fatal human infections in California

M. J. Turell, G. W. Korch, C. A. Rossi, D. Sesline, B. A. Enge, D. V. Dondero, Michele T Jay-Russell, G. V. Ludwig, D. Li, C. S. Schmaljohn, R. J. Jackson, M. S. Ascher

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Abstract

Rodents living near two fatal human cases of hantavirus pulmonary syndrome in California were surveyed liar evidence of hantavirus infection. Seventeen (15%) (14 Peromyscus maniculatus and one each of P. truei, Eutamias minimus, and Microtus californicus) of 114 rodents tested had evidence (enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay or polymerase chain reaction) of hantavirus infection. This suggests that Peromyscus mice, and P. maniculatus in particular, may be the reservoir for the virus causing this newly recognized disease in California, as previously reported for New Mexico and Arizona.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)180-182
Number of pages3
JournalAmerican Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
Volume52
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1995
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Parasitology
  • Infectious Diseases
  • Virology

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