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Volume 14, Number 9—September 2008

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Host Range and Genetic Diversity of Arenaviruses in Rodents, United Kingdom

Kim R. Blasdell, Stuart D. Becker, Jane Hurst, Mike Begon, and Malcolm BennettComments to Author 
Author affiliations: University of Liverpool, Liverpool, UK;

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Table 1

Rodent species, numbers tested, seroprevalence, and viral RNA prevalence to LCMV at each UK and Republic of Ireland site*

Site code and year Geographic location Species tested for antibody Species tested for viral RNA
PHF 2004 Cheshire MMu (0/4), RN (0/2); SP = 0.0
PHF 2005 Cheshire MMu (8/26); SP = 30.8
BHF 2004 Cheshire MMu (4/10); SP = 40.0 MMu (2/9), RN (0/2) – 2 sequences
BHF 2005 Cheshire MMu (2/2), RN (0/2); SP = 50.0
BGF Cheshire MMu (0/7), RN (0/2); SP = 0.0
CLF 2004 Cheshire MMu (0/6), RN (0/2); SP = 0.0
CLF 2005 Cheshire MMu (0/12), RN (0/4); SP = 0.0
MF 2002 Cheshire AS (0/10), MG (0/9), MA (0/2), MMu (0/30); SP = 0.0 AS (1/10), MG (0/1), MA (0/1), MMu (2/4) – 3 sequences
MF 2004 Cheshire AS (4/10), MG (0/1), MA (0/1), MMu (2/4); SP = 37.5
CZ 2002 Cheshire AS (0/4), MG (0/4), CL (4/61), MMi (0/22), RN (0/2); SP = 4.3 AS (1/1), CL (0/4), MMi (0/1), MMu (0/1) – 0 sequences
CZ spring 2003 Cheshire AS (0/9), MG (0/3), MA (0/4), MMi (1/3), SP = 5.3
CZ autumn 2003 Cheshire AS (1/18), MG (0/19), MA (0/4), MMu (0/1), SP = 2.9
CZ 2004 Cheshire MMu (1/19), RN (1/12), SP= 3.2
DF Cheshire MMu (1/69), SP = 1.4
MW Cheshire MG (0/105), AS (0/45), SP = 0.0
RH Cheshire MG (0/19), AS (0/49), SP = 0.0
LVFS Cheshire RN (0/2, SC (0/4), SP = 0.0
FA Merseyside MA (0/2), AS (0/24), SP = 0.0
KF Northumberland MA (2/104), SP = 1.9
LI North Devon RN (0/40), SP = 0.0
IOW Isle of Wight SV (1/18), SP = 5.6
TF Thetford SV (1/21), SP = 4.8
CF Cumbria SC (0/10), SV, (0/4), SP = 0.0
NI Northern Ireland AS (1/149), SP = 0.7
CA Republic of Ireland MG (0/15), SP = 0.0
CC Republic of Ireland AS (0/7), SP = 0.0
TW Republic of Ireland AS (0/10), SP = 0.0
Other Various locations RN (1/6), SC (0/1), SV (2/26), SP = NA AS (0/1), MA (0/2), MMu (0/31), RN (0/5), SV (1/4) – 0 sequences
Captive colony Captive colony, Cheshire MMu (30/87), SP = 34.5 MMu (122/403) – 92 sequences

*LCMV, lymphocytic choriomeningitis virus; SP, site prevalence (%). Species key: MMu, Mus musculus (house mouse); RN, Rattus norvegicus (brown or Norway rat); AS, Apodemus sylvaticus (wood mouse); MG, Myodes glareolus (bank vole); MA, Microtus agrestis (field vole); MMi, Micromys minutis (harvest mouse); CL, Cynomys ludovicianus (black-tailed prairie dog); SV, Sciurus vulgaris (red squirrel); SC, Sciurus carolensis (gray squirrel); NA, not available. Species containing positive animals are in boldface italics, with number positive and number tested in parentheses.

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