Serologic evidence of hantavirus infection in sigmodontine rodents in Mexico

Gerardo Suzán, Gerardo Ceballos, James Mills, Thomas G. Ksiazek, Terry Yates

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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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)391-393
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of wildlife diseases
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 2001
Externally publishedYes


  • Antibodies
  • Deer mouse
  • Hantavirus
  • Peromyscus maniculatus
  • Rodents
  • Sigmodontinae
  • Sin Nombre virus

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Veterinary


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