A small-scale survey of hantavirus in mammals from Indiana

Nanette Dietrich, Shaina Pruden, Thomas G. Ksiazek, Sergey P. Morzunov, Joseph W. Camp

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In order to determine if hantaviruses were present in mice and other small mammals in Indiana (USA), small mammals were trapped in Brown, LaPorte, Tippecanoe and Whitley counties. Sixty-seven small mammals were trapped during August and September 1994. Sixty-three Peromyscus leucopus, one Microtus pennsylvanicus, one Zapus hudsonius and two Blarina brevicauda were captured and tested for hantaviruses. Six P. leucopus were found to have antibody to Sin Nombre virus (SN) by IgG ELISA, and a 139 bp fragment of SN-like hantavirus was amplified from five of them. All six of the positive P. leucopus were from LaPorte County. No other small mammals had evidence of infection with SN virus. This study presents the first report of Sin Nombre-like hantavirus in P. leucopus from Indiana.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)818-822
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of wildlife diseases
Issue number4
StatePublished - Oct 1997
Externally publishedYes


  • Antibody
  • Hantavirus
  • Peromyscus leucopus
  • Sin Nombre virus
  • Survey

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics
  • Ecology


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