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Volume 16, Number 4—April 2010

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Sympatric Occurrence of 3 Arenaviruses, Tanzania

Joëlle Goüy de BellocqComments to Author , Benny Borremans, Abdul Katakweba, Rhodes Makundi, Stuart J.E. Baird, Beate Becker-Ziaja, Stephan Günther, and Herwig Leirs
Author affiliations: University of Antwerp, Antwerp, Belgium (J. Goüy de Bellocq, B. Borremans, H. Leirs); Sokoine University of Agriculture, Morogoro, Tanzania (A. Katakweba, R. Makundi); Research Center in Biodiversity and Genetic Resources, Vairão, Portugal (J. Goüy de Bellocq, S.J.E. Baird); Bernhard-Nocht-Institute for Tropical Medicine, Hamburg, Germany (B. Becker-Ziaja, S. Günther); University of Aarhus, Kongens Lyngby, Denmark (H. Leirs)

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Table 2

Nucleotide and amino acid p-distances of 2 arenaviruses in blood of Mus minutoides and Lemniscomys rosalia mice in Morogoro, Tanzania, October 13–December 3, 2008, compared with Old World and 2 New World arenaviruses*

Virus sequence† Old World arenaviruses
New World arenaviruses
Dandedong Ippy Kodoko Mobala Mopeia Morogoro Lassa LCMV Lujo Lemn Minu Pirital Pichinde
Dandedong 0.282 0.073 0.218 0.255 0.282 0.209 0.027 0.355 0.245 0.091 0.418 0.409
Ippy 0.345 0.264 0.227 0.209 0.209 0.191 0.300 0.345 0.173 0.273 0.491 0.482
Kodoko 0.244 0.354 0.200 0.227 0.255 0.227 0.091 0.336 0.236 0.073 0.409 0.409
Mobala 0.318 0.315 0.315 0.136 0.127 0.145 0.227 0.327 0.209 0.236 0.482 0.464
Mopeia 0.310 0.295 0.351 0.256 0.055 0.145 0.273 0.345 0.182 0.255 0.482 0.464
Morogoro 0.327 0.324 0.360 0.262 0.241 0.136 0.282 0.364 0.209 0.282 0.491 0.473
Lassa 0.286 0.283 0.366 0.286 0.271 0.262 0.209 0.364 0.200 0.236 0.473 0.436
LCMV 0.182 0.354 0.223 0.339 0.324 0.345 0.330 0.373 0.264 0.109 0.436 0.409
Lujo 0.351 0.393 0.360 0.372 0.387 0.405 0.399 0.357 0.373 0.336 0.500 0.500
Lemn 0.333 0.315 0.336 0.292 0.313 0.307 0.301 0.327 0.351 0.227 0.482 0.464
Minu 0.211 0.360 0.241 0.301 0.348 0.348 0.339 0.244 0.354 0.324 0.436 0.409
Pirital 0.440 0.467 0.429 0.420 0.452 0.443 0.455 0.432 0.476 0.473 0.417 0.173
Pichinde 0.426 0.446 0.432 0.458 0.476 0.467 0.473 0.452 0.446 0.443 0.435 0.268

*Nucleotides below diagonal; amino acids above diagonal. LCMV, lymphocytic choriomeningitis virus; Lemn, virus sequenced from Lemniscomys rosalia mice (indicated by boldface); Minu, virus sequenced from Mus minutoides mice (indicated by boldface).
†Strains and GenBank accession numbers of the sequences used: Dandenong (0710-2678, EU136039), Ippy (Dak An B 188 d, DQ328878), Kodoko (KD42, EF179865), Mobala (Acar 3080, DQ328876), Mopeia (Mozambique, DQ328875), Morogoro (3017/2004, EU914104), Lassa (Josiah, AY628202), LCMV (Armstrong,,AY847351), Lujo (NC_012777), Pirital (VAV 488, AY216505), Pichinde (AN3739, NC_006439). Sequences of arenaviruses in L. rosalia and M. minutoides mice have been deposited in GenBank under accession nos. GU182412 and GU182413, respectively.

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