HOME >> BIOLOGY >> NEWS
Hantavirus found in African wood mouse

Researchers have discovered the first African hantavirus, a type of rodent-borne virus that can cause life-threatening infections in humans when it is inhaled through aerosolized rodent urine or droppings.

A team led by Jan ter Meulen while he was a Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) international research scholar at the University of Conakry in the Republic of Guinea, identified the new virus in an African wood mouse (Hylomiscus simus) in Sangassou, Guinea. Their findings are published in the May 2006 issue of the journal Emerging Infectious Diseases, published early online on April 18, 2006.

"This discovery represents the first genetic evidence for the presence of hantaviruses in Africa," said ter Meulen, who also holds a position at the University of Leiden in the Netherlands. "This novel hantavirus is related to viruses that cause severe disease in humans in Central and Eastern Europe."

European and Asian hantaviruses cause hemorrhagic fever with renal syndrome (HFRS), a group of similar illnesses with symptoms including, fever, kidney failure, and bleeding. The viruses are carried by a number of rodents, including the brown rat, the striped field mouse, and the yellow-necked mouse. If left untreated, mortality can be as high as 15 percent.

Hantavirus was not seen in the Americas until 1993, when it killed approximately 20 people in the western United States. The American virus causes hantavirus pulmonary syndrome: fever, chills, and severe muscle pain, followed by respiratory distress. Nearly four in 10 cases are fatal. Initially called "Four Corners Disease," the malady was later traced to a previously unknown hantavirus carried by the deer mouse.

The team has suggested calling the virus they found the Sangassou virus, for the region in which it was found. This follows tradition; in 1976, the first hantavirus was found near--and named for--the Hantaan River near Seoul, South Korea.

"We don't yet know what
'"/>

Contact: Jennifer Donovan
donovanj@hhmi.org
301-215-8859
Howard Hughes Medical Institute
18-Apr-2006


Page: 1 2 3 4

Related biology news :

1. Waters off Washington state only second place in world where glass sponge reefs found
2. First new multiple sclerosis gene found in 30 years
3. Obesity found to be a risk factor for multiple myeloma
4. Antibody-altering protein found in developing B cells
5. New use for a cell toxin found to inhibit survival proteins in cancer cells
6. New way to target and kill antibiotic-resistant bacteria found
7. Soil particles found to boost prions capacity to infect
8. Support for chromosomal theory of cancer found in cancers development of drug resistance
9. Massive herds of animals found to still exist in Southern Sudan
10. Origins of nervous system found in genes of sea sponge, report scientists at UC Santa Barbara
11. Origins of nervous system found in genes of sea sponge

Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
TAG: Hantavirus found African wood mouse

(Date:7/2/2015)... 2015 Research and ... the "Natural Language Processing Market by Type ... Pattern & Image Recognition) - Worldwide Forecast to ... The key vendors occupying the market are 3M, ... Corporation, NetBase Solutions, SAS Institute Inc., Verint Systems ...
(Date:7/2/2015)... , June 25, 2015 ... of the "Next Generation Biometrics Market by Application, ... report to their offering. The next ... by 2020, at a CAGR of 17.9% between 2015 ... leading application for the market. Safran SA ...
(Date:7/2/2015)... Sweden , July 2, 2015 ... sensors FPC1025, FPC1035, FPC1145 and FPC1155 from the distributor World ... one of FPC,s distributors in Asia . ... 2015. The sensors will be used by smartphone manufacturers in ... MSEK is included in the communicated revenue guidance of approximately ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):Natural Language Processing Market by Type (Rule-Based, Statistical, and Hybrid), Technologies (Recognition, IVR, OCR, Pattern & Image Recognition) - Worldwide Forecast to 2020 2Next Generation Biometrics Market 2015 - Global Forecast to 2020 with Safran, NEC, 3M Cogent, Fujitsu & Suprema Dominating the $24 Billion Market 2Next Generation Biometrics Market 2015 - Global Forecast to 2020 with Safran, NEC, 3M Cogent, Fujitsu & Suprema Dominating the $24 Billion Market 3FPC Receives Order for Touch Fingerprint Sensors of 268 MSEK 2
(Date:7/3/2015)... Texas (PRWEB) , ... July ... ... biotechnology company providing industry-leading products for use in applications such as animal ... in wastewater treatment plants and restaurant kitchen settings, announced today that it ...
(Date:7/3/2015)... July 3, 2015 ... verkossa osoitteessa  http://www.openinnovationinscience.at Wienissä ... in Science" -jatkokoulutusohjelmaan 22.7.2015 asti.  ... (LBG) tekemän, kansainvälisiä tutkijoita ja ... kaksi suurinta haastetta ovat kannustimien ...
(Date:7/3/2015)... ... July 03, 2015 , ... The Alexander ... and professional service industries alike-- typically known for its consummate professionalism-- embarks each ... good cause and break from their day jobs. , "Our motto has always ...
(Date:7/3/2015)... ... ... global failure analysis market is expected to reach $7,147.0 million by 2020, at a ... at the highest CAGR of 8.46%; its growth is expected to be driven by ... for root cause analysis of failure. The market based on the geographic regions has ...
Breaking Biology Technology:DryLet to Highlight Benefits of Patented ManureMagic™ at North American Manure Expo in Chambersburg, PA July 14-15, 2015 2Maailman ensimmäinen tiedemiesten koulutukseen suunniteltu avoimen innovaation ohjelma käynnistyy 2Maailman ensimmäinen tiedemiesten koulutukseen suunniteltu avoimen innovaation ohjelma käynnistyy 3The Alexander Group Declares Their Independence with a Bit of Levity 2Failure Analysis Market to Grow at 7.52% CAGR to 2020 2Failure Analysis Market to Grow at 7.52% CAGR to 2020 3Failure Analysis Market to Grow at 7.52% CAGR to 2020 4Failure Analysis Market to Grow at 7.52% CAGR to 2020 5
Cached News: