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Volume 16, Number 6—June 2010


Genetic Evidence for a Tacaribe Serocomplex Virus, Mexico

Catherine C. Inizan, Maria N. B. Cajimat, Mary Louise Milazzo, Artemio Barragán-Gomez, Robert D. Bradley, and Charles F. FulhorstComments to Author 
Author affiliations: University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, Texas, USA (C.C. Inizan, M.N.B. Cajimat, M.L. Milazzo, C.F. Fulhorst); Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo León, San Nicolas de los Garza, México (A. Barragán-Gomez); Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas, USA (R.D. Bradley)

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Table 1

Natural hosts and geographic distribution of the North American Tacaribe serocomplex viruses

Virus* Natural host(s) State
Bear Canyon Large-eared woodrat (Neotoma macrotis), California mouse (Peromyscus californicus) California (1,2)
Big Brushy Tank White-throated woodrat (N. albigula) Arizona (3)
Catarina Southern plains woodrat (N. micropus) Texas (4)
Skinner Tank Mexican woodrat (N. mexicana) Arizona (5)
Tamiami Hispid cotton rat (Sigmodon hispidus) Florida (6)
Tonto Creek White-throated woodrat (N. albigula) Arizona (3)
Whitewater Arroyo White-throated woodrat (N. albigula) New Mexico (7)

*Arenaviruses antigenically and phylogenetically related to Whitewater Arroyo virus have been isolated from Mexican woodrats (N. mexicana) captured in New Mexico, a Mexican woodrat and bushy-tailed woodrat (N. cinerea) captured in Utah, and woodrats (Neotoma spp.) captured in Oklahoma (8).

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