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Volume 13, Number 4—April 2007

Research

Hantavirus and Arenavirus Antibodies in Persons with Occupational Rodent Exposure, North America

Charles F. Fulhorst*Comments to Author , Mary Louise Milazzo*, Lori R. Armstrong†, James E. Childs†1, Pierre E. Rollin†, Rima Khabbaz†, C.J. Peters†2, and Thomas G. Ksiazek†

Author affiliations: *University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, Texas, USA; †Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, Georgia, USA;

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Table 2

Work-related exposure of 757 persons to neotomine and sigmodontine rodents

No. persons* Rodent† Exposure‡
Range Median
695 Deer mouse (Peromyscus maniculatus) I–VI II
487 White-footed mouse (P. leucopus) I–VI II
34 California mouse (P. californicus) I–III I
456 Woodrat (Neotoma spp.) I–V I
392 Other neotomine rodents I–IV I
511 Cotton rat (Sigmodon spp.) I–VI I
51 Oryzomyine rodents I–IV I

*No. persons who self-reported occupational exposure to rodents.
†Other neotomine rodents included the pygmy mouse (Baiomys spp.), Texas mouse (Peromyscus attwateri), brush mouse (P. boylii), canyon mouse (P. crinitus), Zacatecan deer mouse (P. difficilis), cactus mouse (P. eremicus), Florida mouse (P. floridanus), cotton mouse (P. gossypinus), northern rock mouse (P. nasutus), golden mouse (P. nuttalis), white-ankled mouse (P. pectoralis), oldfield mouse (P. polionotus), pinyon mouse (P. truei), and western harvest mouse (Reithrodontomys megalotis) and other harvest mice (Reithrodontomys spp.). Oryzomyine rodents included the marsh rice rat (Oryzomys palustris), other oryzomine rodents (Oryzomys spp.), and oligoryzomine rodents (Oligoryzomys spp.).
‡The number of rodents handled by a study subject was categorized as follows: I, 1–99; II, 100–499; III, 500–999; IV, 1,000–9,999; V, 10,000–49,999; VI, >50,000.

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1Current affiliation: Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, Connecticut, USA

2Current affiliation: University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, Texas, USA

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