Short report: Decrease in seroprevalence of antibodies to hantavirus in rodents from 1993-1994 hantavirus pulmonary syndrome case sites

  • Engelthaler D
  • Levy C
  • Michael Fink T
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Rodent trapping was conducted at seven hantavirus pulmonary syndrome (HPS) case sites from June 1993 to March 1994 during the HPS outbreak in the southwestern United States. To determine if there were changes in the rodent population or the hantavirus seroprevalence in rodents since the HPS outbreak, rodents were trapped at the same sites three years later using the same trapping protocol. The trap success decreased from the numbers trapped during the outbreak, however, the number of Peromyscus, as a percentage of the total rodents captured, did not noticeably decrease. In addition, the seroprevalence of hantavirus antibodies in Peromyscus decreased significantly (P < 0.0001).

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  • David M. Engelthaler

  • Craig E. Levy

  • T. Michael Fink

  • Dale Tanda

  • Ted Davis

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