[Source: US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Emerging Infectious Diseases Journal, full page: (LINK). Abstract, edited.]
Volume 24, Number 6—June 2018 / Dispatch
Novel Focus of Sin Nombre Virus in Peromyscus eremicus Mice, Death Valley National Park, California, USA
Joseph E. Burns1 , Marco E. Metzger1, Sharon Messenger1, Curtis L. Fritz, Inger-Marie E. Vilcins, Barryett Enge, Lawrence R. Bronson, Vicki L. Kramer, and Renjie Hu
Author affiliations: California Department of Public Health, Ontario, Richmond, Sacramento, and Redding, California, USA
The deer mouse (Peromyscus maniculatus) is the primary reservoir for Sin Nombre virus (SNV) in the western United States. Rodent surveillance for hantavirus in Death Valley National Park, California, USA, revealed cactus mice (P. eremicus) as a possible focal reservoir for SNV in this location. We identified SNV antibodies in 40% of cactus mice sampled.
Keywords: Hantavirus; Sin Nombre Virus; Wildlife.