Short report: Phylogenetically distinct hantaviruses in the masked shrew (Sorex cinereus) and dusky shrew (Sorex monticolus) in the United States

Satoru Arai, Shannon N. Bennett, Laarni Sumibcay, Joseph A. Cook, Jin Won Song, Andrew Hope, Cheryl Parmenter, Vivek R. Nerurkar, Terry L. Yates, Richard Yanagihara

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Abstract

A limited search for hantaviruses in lung and liver tissues of Sorex shrews (family Soricidae, subfamily Soricinae) revealed phylogenetically distinct hantaviruses in the masked shrew (Sorex cinereus) from Minnesota and in the dusky shrew (Sorex monticolus) from New Mexico and Colorado. The discovery of these shrew-borne hantaviruses, named Ash River virus and Jemez Springs virus, respectively, challenges the long-held dogma that rodents are the sole reservoir hosts and forces a re-examination of their co-evolutionary history. Also, studies now underway are aimed at clarifying the epizootiology and pathogenicity of these new members of the genus Hantavirus.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)348-351
Number of pages4
JournalAmerican Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
Volume78
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2008 Feb

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Parasitology
  • Virology
  • Infectious Diseases

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