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Volume 13, Number 5—May 2007

Research

Pet Rodents and Fatal Lymphocytic Choriomeningitis in Transplant Patients

Brian R. Amman*1Comments to Author , Boris I. Pavlin*12, Cesar G. Albariño*, James A. Comer*, Bobbie R. Erickson*, Jennifer B. Oliver*, Tara K. Sealy*, Martin J. Vincent*, Stuart T. Nichol*, Christopher D. Paddock*, Abbigail J. Tumpey*, Kent D. Wagoner*3, R. David Glauer†, Kathleen A. Smith‡, Kim A. Winpisinger‡, Melody S. Parsely§, Phil Wyrick¶, Christopher H. Hannafin#, Utpala Bandy**, Sherif Zaki*, Pierre E. Rollin*, and Thomas G. Ksiazek*

Author affiliations: *Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, Georgia, USA; †Ohio Department of Agriculture, Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA; ‡Ohio Department of Health, Columbus, Ohio, USA; §Arkansas Department of Health and Human Services, Little Rock, Arkansas, USA; ¶Arkansas Department of Agriculture, Little Rock, Arkansas, USA; #Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management, Providence, Rhode Island, USA; **Rhode Island Department of Public Health, Providence, Rhode Island, USA;

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Table 1

Estimated population sizes and samples taken from 2 rodent distribution facilities

Location Species Population size Projected prevalence, % Sample size Probability of detecting a positive, %
Ohio
Syrian hamsters
5,000
5.0
116
99.8
Arkansas
Fancy rats
>10,000
3.4
125
98.7
Arkansas
Fancy mice
200
3.4
75
96.5
Arkansas
Gerbils
2,500
3.4
125
98.8
Arkansas
Dwarf hamsters
3,750
3.4
113*
98.1
Arkansas Roborovsky dwarf hamster 140 3.4 12† 36.5

*Sample size after removal of 12 Roborovsky hamsters from requested sample size.
†Sample size represents an agreed-upon portion of the total population.

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1These authors contributed equally to this article.

2Current affiliation: Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Baltimore, Maryland, USA

3Current affiliation: Ithaca College, Ithaca, New York, USA

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