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Volume 22, Number 4—April 2016

Arenavirus Diversity and Phylogeography of Mastomys natalensis Rodents, Nigeria

Ayodeji OlayemiComments to Author , Adeoba Obadare, Akinlabi Oyeyiola, Joseph Igbokwe, Ayobami Fasogbon, Felix Igbahenah, Daniel Ortsega, Danny Asogun, Prince Umeh, Innocent Vakkai, Chukwuyem Abejegah, Meike Pahlman, Beate Becker-Ziaja, Stephan Günther, and Elisabeth Fichet-Calvet
Author affiliations: Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria (A. Olayemi, A. Obadare, A. Oyeyiola, J. Igbokwe); Ambrose Alli State University, Ekpoma, Nigeria (A. Fasogbon); Benue State University, Makurdi, Nigeria (F. Igbahenah, D. Ortsega); Irrua Specialist Teaching Hospital, Irrua, Nigeria (D. Asogun, C. Abejegah); Nigerian Montane Forest Project, Ngel-Nyaki, Nigeria (P. Umeh); Federal Medical Centre, Jalingo, Nigeria (I. Vakkai); Bernhard Nocht Institute for Tropical Medicine, Hamburg, Germany (M. Pahlman, B. Becker-Ziaja, S. Günther, E. Fichet-Calvet)

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Source and testing results for arenavirus-positive Mastomys natalensis rodents, Nigeria, January 2011–March 2013*

Specimen no.
Date of capture
GPC gene 
GenBank accession no.
L gene (12)
GenBank accession no.
88 2011 Mar 22 Eguare-Egoro Indoors + KP640562 + KP688321
97 2011 Mar 22 Eguare-Egoro Indoors + KP640563 + KP688322
106 2011 Mar 23 Eguare-Egoro Indoors + KP640564 + KP688323
109 2011 Mar 23 Eguare-Egoro Indoors + KP640565 + KP688324
240 2011 Oct 17 Eguare-Egoro Indoors + KP640566 + KP688325
271 2011 Oct 19 Eguare-Egoro Indoors + KP640567 + KP688326
447 2012 Mar 26 Ekpoma Peridomestic outdoor vegetation + KP640568 + KP688327
508 2012 Oct 18 Ekpoma Indoors + KP640569 + KP688328
512 2012 Oct 18 Ekpoma Peridomestic outdoor vegetation + KP640570 + KP688329
518 2012 Oct 18 Ekpoma Indoors + KP640571 + KP688330
521 2012 Oct 18 Ekpoma Peridomestic outdoor vegetation + KP640572 + KP688331
539 2012 Oct 18 Ekpoma Peridomestic outdoor vegetation + KP640573 + KP688332
549 2012 Oct 18 Ekpoma Peridomestic outdoor vegetation + KP640574 + KP688333
555 2012 Oct 18 Ekpoma Indoors + KP640575 + KP688334
601 2012 Oct 21 Ekpoma Peridomestic outdoor vegetation + KP640576 + KP688335
748 2013 Mar 04 Mayo-Ranewo Indoors KP640577† + KP688336

*The cytochrome b sequences from these 16 arenavirus-positive M. natalensis rodents were assigned GenBank accession nos. KP688337–KP688352. +, positive; –, negative.
†Sequence KP640577 was eventually obtained by using primers OWS-1 and OWS-1000 (Technical Appendix 1 Table.

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