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Volume 17, Number 12—December 2011

Research

Transmission of Guanarito and Pirital Viruses among Wild Rodents, Venezuela

Mary L. Milazzo, Maria N.B. Cajimat, Gloria Duno, Freddy Duno, Antonio Utrera, and Charles F. FulhorstComments to Author 
Author affiliations: University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, Texas, USA (M.L. Milazzo, M.N.B. Cajimat, C.F. Fulhorst); Ministerio de Sanidad y Asistencia Social, Region Sanitaria del Estado Portuguesa, Guanare, Venezuela (G. Duno, F. Duno); Universidad Nacional Experimental de Los Llanos Occidentales “Ezequiel Zamora,” Guanare (A. Utrera)

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Table 4

Isolation of arenaviruses from 64 short-tailed cane mice (Zygodontomys brevicauda) and 57 Alston’s cotton rats (Sigmodon alstoni) captured on Hato Maporal, municipality of Guanarito, Portuguesa State, Venezuela, February 1997

No.
Sample*
Antibody status
Throat swab
Lung
Spleen
Kidney
Urine
Cane mice†
3 +
5 +
6 + + + +
+ + +
1 + + + +
2 + + + + +
2 + + + + + +
2 + + + + +
6 + + + +
1 + + +
2 +
33
Cotton rats‡
2 +
4 + + +
21 + + + +
9 + + + + +
1 + +
20

*–, negative; +, positive.
†The arenaviruses isolated from the cane mice were strains of Guanarito virus.
‡The arenavirus isolated from cotton rat FHV-4149 was a strain of Guanarito virus. The arenaviruses isolated from the 36 other culture-positive cotton rats were strains of Pirital virus.

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