HOME >> BIOLOGY >> NEWS
Montana Hantavirus Study Looks At Why The Mouse Goes Into The House

BOZEMAN, MT--Ask Rick Douglass, a man who has handled deer mice about 30,000 times, why the mouse goes into the house.

Douglass, a biologist at Montana Tech in Butte,Mont., wants to know what brings the rodents into Montana houses, barns and outbuildings, where the likelihood of spreading hantavirus to humans is far greater than in the field.

Hantavirus is a respiratory disease characterized by flu-like symptoms. Humans can catch the virus from deer mice urine, droppings, saliva or nesting materials. Ten Montanans have had the disease since it was first discovered in 1993. Three have died.

Most people see deer mice in the field or as road kill, but "you're not going to get the virus driving down the road," Douglass said during a recent lecture at Montana State University in Bozeman. "If you're going to get sick, you're going to get sick in a building."

That's why Douglass and MSU microbiologist Cliff Bond started the Mouse in the House study two years ago. In what he calls the "hotel experiment," Douglass set up three identical modular buildings at ranches near Butte and Cascade, Mont. The buildings have holes in each side, a grid on the floor and fluorescent dust at every entry. The dust coats the rodents so researchers can count the squares the mice visit.

One building is baited with peanut butter, one has cotton nesting material, and the third is empty.

"It's clear that they visit buildings for food, much more so than for bedding or shelter," Douglass said. The ones that go in the empty buildings may be drawn by the scent of a mate, a theory he plans to test in the future.

What's astounding, he added, is how quickly the mice find the buildings--within 15 minutes after dark.

"If you leave your deck door open, you're going to have deer mice going in and out and your cat's not going to see them," he said.

Once inside, the mice don't move around much, h
'"/>

Contact: Cliff Bond
umbcb@montana.edu
406-994-4130
Montana State University
17-May-1999


Page: 1 2

Related biology news :

1. Dinosaur discoveries in Montana
2. Society for Vertebrate Paleontology to hold annual meeting in Montana in October
3. Montana State University begins major trout and salmonid book collection
4. Montana drought sends paleontologists to field early for largest project in states history
5. Montana researcher co-authors Science article on Niger dinosaurs
6. Sandia, University Of Montana Researchers Try Training Bees To Find Buried Landmines
7. Montana Scientist Returns From Dinosaur Nesting Site In Patagonia
8. Montana State University Scientist Contributes To Latest Dinosaur Discovery
9. Montana And Other Scientists Report On Life In The Ice
10. Largest Tyrannosaur Fossil Unearthed In Montana
11. Study: Emission of smog ingredients from trees is increasing rapidly

Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:


(Date:10/4/2017)... 2017  GCE Solutions, a global clinical research organization (CRO), announces ... solution on October 4, 2017. Shadow is designed to assist medical ... policy 0070 of the European Medicines Agency (EMA) in meeting the ... ... ...
(Date:7/20/2017)... , July 20, 2017 Delta (NYSE: DAL ... board any Delta aircraft at Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA). ... Delta launches biometrics to ... Delta,s biometric ... Sky Club is now integrated into the boarding process to allow ...
(Date:6/14/2017)... (NYSE: IBM ) is introducing several innovative partner startups ... collaboration between startups and global businesses, taking place in ... nine startups will showcase the solutions they have built with ... France is one of the ... percent increase in the number of startups created between 2012 ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):
(Date:10/10/2017)... , ... October 10, 2017 , ... San Diego-based team ... its corporate rebranding initiative announced today. The bold new look is part of ... the company moves into a significant growth period. , It will also expand its ...
(Date:10/10/2017)... ... 10, 2017 , ... Dr. Bob Harman, founder and CEO of VetStem ... The event entitled “Stem Cells and Their Regenerative Powers,” was held ... Harman, DVM, MPVM was joined by two human doctors: Peter B. Hanson, M.D., Chief ...
(Date:10/10/2017)... ... October 10, 2017 , ... USDM Life Sciences ... the life sciences and healthcare industries, announces a presentation by Subbu Viswanathan and ... presentation, “Automating GxP Validation for Agile Cloud Platforms,” will present a revolutionary approach ...
(Date:10/9/2017)... (PRWEB) , ... October 09, 2017 , ... The award-winning ... to broadcast first quarter 2018. American Farmer airs Tuesdays at 8:30aET on RFD-TV. ... is faced with the challenge of how to continue to feed a growing nation. ...
Breaking Biology Technology:
Cached News: