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Volume 21, Number 7—July 2015

Novel Arenavirus Isolates from Namaqua Rock Mice, Namibia, Southern Africa

Peter T. WitkowskiComments to Author , René Kallies, Julia Hoveka, Brita Auste, Ndapewa L. Ithete, Katarína Šoltys, Tomáš Szemes, Sung Sup Park, Wolfgang Preiser, Boris Klempa, John K.E. Mfune, and Detlev H. Kruger
Author affiliations: Charité Medical School, Berlin, Germany (P.T. Witkowski, B. Auste, B. Klempa, D.H. Kruger); Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research–UFZ, Leipzig, Germany (R. Kallies); University of Bonn Medical Center, Bonn, Germany (R. Kallies, C. Drosten); University of Namibia, Windhoek, Namibia (J. Hoveka, J.K.E. Mfune); Stellenbosch University and National Health Laboratory Services Tygerberg, Cape Town, South Africa (N.L. Ithete, W. Preiser); Comenius University, Bratislava, Slovakia (K. Šoltys, T. Szemes); Slovak Academy of Sciences, Bratislava (B. Klempa)

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Table 1

Small mammals captured in Namibia during 2010–2012 and tested for arenaviruses*

Mammal species Common name Localities of capture† No. positive/no. tested
Aethomys chrysophilus Red veld rat Be, CCF, Ok, Pa, Ta 0/64
Micaelamys namaquensis Namaqua rock mouse CCF, Ma, Ok, Pa, Ru 4/266
Crocidura fuscomurina Bicolored musk shrew CCF, Pa, Ru 0/4
Crocidura hirta Lesser red musk shrew Ma 0/5
Dendromus melanotis Gray climbing mouse Ta 0/1
Elephantulus intufi Bushveld sengi CCF, Ma, Ok 0/14
Gerbilliscus spp. Gerbil Wi 0/6
Gerbilliscus leucogaster Bushveld gerbil Be, CCF, Ma, Ok, Pa, Ru, Ta 0/228
Gerbillurus paeba Hairy-footed gerbil Be 0/3
Gerbillurus setzeri Namib brush-tailed gerbil Be 0/1
Lemniscomys rosalia Single-striped grass mouse Be 0/2
Mastomys spp. Multimammate mouse Be, CCF, Ma, Ok, Pa, Ru, Ta 0/114
Mus indutus Desert pygmy mouse Ma, Pa 0/5
Petromyscus collinus Pygmy rock mouse Pa 0/3
Rhabdomys pumilio Four-striped grass mouse CCF, Ma, Pa, Ok, Wi 0/73
Saccostomus campestris Pouched mouse Be, CCF, Ok, Pa, Ru 0/17
Thallomys paedulcus Acacia rat Pa 0/4
u.u. Soricidae
Total 4/812

*Morphologic species identification of the arenavirus positive rodent samples was confirmed by sequencing of partial mitochondrial cytochrome b gene (GenBank accession nos.: N27, KP752173; N73, KP752175; N80, KP752176; N85, KP752174).
†Abbreviations and sampling dates for trapping localities: Be, Ben Hur (11/2011); CCF, Cheetah Conservation Fund (02/2011); Ok, Okahandja (06/2012), Pa, Palmwag (09/2010), Ta, Talismanis (12/2011), Ma, Mariental (06/2012), Ru, Rundu (01/2011),Wi, Windhoek (09/2010 and 01/2012).

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