Isolation, genetic diversity, and geographic distribution of Bayou virus (Bunyaviridae: Hantavirus)

Thomas G. Ksiazek, Stuart T. Nichol, James N. Mills, Michael G. Groves, Arthur Wozniak, Steve McAdams, Martha C. Monroe, Angela M. Johnson, Mary Lane Martin, C. J. Peters, Pierre E. Rollin

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

36 Scopus citations


Bayou hantavirus, previously implicated in human hantavirus pulmonary syndrome in Louisiana, was isolated from a rice rat (Oryzomys palustris) captured in Georgia. The presence of antibody among rice rats captured throughout the southeastern United States and the extent of diversity among the genetic variants of Bayou viruses suggest that the rice rat is the most likely natural reservoir of the virus and that both virus and host have probably co-evolved for some years.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)445-448
Number of pages4
JournalAmerican Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
Issue number4
StatePublished - 1997
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Parasitology
  • Virology
  • Infectious Diseases


Dive into the research topics of 'Isolation, genetic diversity, and geographic distribution of Bayou virus (Bunyaviridae: Hantavirus)'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this