Volume 78, Issue 2
  • ISSN: 0002-9637
  • E-ISSN: 1476-1645


A limited search for hantaviruses in lung and liver tissues of shrews (family , subfamily ) revealed phylogenetically distinct hantaviruses in the masked shrew () from Minnesota and in the dusky shrew () 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 .


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  • Received : 02 Jul 2007
  • Accepted : 21 Oct 2007

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