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1 April 2001 Serologic Evidence of Hantavirus Infection in Sigmodontine Rodents in Mexico
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Antibodies to hantaviruses in two species of sigmodontine rodents (Peromyscus maniculatus and Reithrodontomys sumichrasti) collected in central Mexico are reported. Peromyscus maniculatus, a common species throughout much of Mexico, is the reservoir of Sin Nombre virus (SNV), the etiologic agent of the great majority of cases of hantavirus pulmonary syndrome (HPS) in North America. Although the identity of the virus detected in P. maniculatus in Mexico could not be determined by these serologic results, our findings suggest that SNV may occur throughout the range of P. maniculatus in North America. If true, the failure to identify HPS in Mexico is not due to the absence of pathogenic hantaviruses in Mexico.

Suzán, Ceballos, Mills, Ksiazek, and Yates: Serologic Evidence of Hantavirus Infection in Sigmodontine Rodents in Mexico
Gerardo Suzán, Gerardo Ceballos, James Mills, Thomas G. Ksiazek, and Terry Yates "Serologic Evidence of Hantavirus Infection in Sigmodontine Rodents in Mexico," Journal of Wildlife Diseases 37(2), 391-393, (1 April 2001). https://doi.org/10.7589/0090-3558-37.2.391
Received: 5 April 2000; Published: 1 April 2001
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