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Volume 16, Number 8—August 2010

Hantavirus Infections in Humans and Animals, China

Yong-Zhen ZhangComments to Author , Yang Zou, Zhen F. Fu, and Alexander Plyusnin
Author affiliations: State Key Laboratory for Infectious Disease Control and Prevention, Beijing, People’s Republic of China (Y.-Z. Zhang, Y. Zou); University of Georgia, Athens, Georgia, USA (Z.F. Fu); University of Helsinki, Helsinki, Finland (A. Plyusnin)

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Table 1

Major rodent species captured in China, by location and years*

Species Fields, %
Residential areas, %
1984–1990 1991–1995 1996–2000 1984–1990 1991–1995 1996–2000
Apodemus agrarius 57.362 44.508 37.012 3.425 4.411 3.944
Apodemus peninsulae 3.761 8.870 1.516 0.011 0.137 0.125
Apodemus chevrieri 0.318 2.475 4.053 NC 1.820 2.282
Rattus norvegicus 5.081 8.358 10.112 49.106 53.025 54.266
Rattus losea 7.302 6.401 22.457 0.141 0.289 0.087
Rattus flavipectus 1.089 2.674 2.284 13.527 10.969 9.395
Rattus nitidus 0.225 0.158 0.042 0.006 0.007 0.067
Niviventer confucianus 0.775 0.339 0.987 0.138 0.078 0.062
Niviventer fulvescens 1.062 0.164 0.184 0.001 NC NC
Mus musculus 4.635 5.889 4.472 28.625 21.045 20.984
Cricetulus barabensis 3.883 3.946 1.781 0.427 0.171 0.067
Cricetulus longicaudatus 1.124 0.769 NC 0.033 NC NC
Cricetulus migratorius 0.784 1.097 1.120 0.342 0.022 0.766
Cricetulus triton 7.532 8.065 6.282 1.458 3.911 2.657
Meriones meridianus 0.513 NC NC NC NC NC
Meriones erythrourus 0.445 0.070 0.884 0.053 NC 0.004
Myodes rutilus 0.230 0.091 0.558 0.030 0.022 0.017
Myodes rufocanus 0.185 0.319 0.194 0.035 0.037 0.092
Microtus fortis 0.469 1.340 1.368 0.005 NC NC
Microtus maximowiczii 0.274 0.219 0.174 0.073 0.056 0.046
Microtus arvalis 0.176 0.155 0.052 NC NC 0.208
Anourosorex squamipes 0.429 0.342 NC 0.005 2.024 3.919
Crocidrua lasiura 0.418 0.202 0.161 0.012 0.041 0.062
Crocidrua horsfieldi 0.006 0.544 0.026 NC 0.204 0.042
Suncus murinus 0.354 0.427 1.520 1.826 0.489 0.183
Sorex araneus 0.219 0.187 0.303 0.044 0.037 0.258

*Data from Chen and Luo (23). Hantavirus antigens had been identified in all species listed except Anourosorex squamipes mole shrews and Microtus arvalis voles. NC, not captured.

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