Bear Canyon Virus: An Arenavirus Naturally Associated with the California Mouse (Peromyscus californicus)
Charles F. Fulhorst* , Stephen G. Bennett†, Mary L. Milazzo*, Hugh L. Murray‡, James P. Webb†, Maria N.B. Cajimat*, and Robert D. Bradley§
Author affiliations: *University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, Texas, USA; †Orange County Vector Control District, Garden Grove, California, USA; ‡County of Riverside, Department of Environmental Health, Hemet, California, USA; §Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas, USA;
Figure. Phylogenetic relationships among Bear Canyon virus (BCNV) prototype strain A0070039, 4 other BCNV isolates from California mice (Peromyscus californicus), Whitewater Arroyo virus (WWAV), Tamiami virus (TAMV), and 15 other arenaviruses, based on a maximum likelihood analysis of a fragment of the nucleocapsid protein gene. The string of characters following “BCNV” or “WWAV” denotes the virus strain. LCMV, lymphocytic choriomeningitis; Pcal, Peromyscus californicus; Nalb, Neotoma albigula; Ncin, N. cinerea; Nmex, N. mexicana; Nmic, N. micropus; Shis, Sigmodon hispidus; NM, New Mexico; UT, Utah; OK, Oklahoma; TX, Texas; FL, Florida.
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