A longitudinal study of Sin Nombre virus prevalence in rodents, southeastern Arizona. Academic Article uri icon


  • We determined the prevalence of Sin Nombre virus antibodies in small mammals in southeastern Arizona. Of 1,234 rodents (from 13 species) captured each month from May through December 1995, only mice in the genus Peromyscus were seropositive. Antibody prevalence was 14.3% in 21 white-footed mice (P. leucopus), 13.3% in 98 brush mice (P. boylii), 0.8% in 118 cactus mice (P. eremicus), and 0% in 2 deer mice (P. maniculatus). Most antibody-positive mice were adult male Peromyscus captured close to one another early in the study. Population dynamics of brush mice suggest a correlation between population size and hantavirus-antibody prevalence.

published proceedings

  • Emerg Infect Dis

author list (cited authors)

  • Kuenzi, A. J., Morrison, M. L., Swann, D. E., Hardy, P. C., & Downard, G. T.

citation count

  • 43

complete list of authors

  • Kuenzi, AJ||Morrison, ML||Swann, DE||Hardy, PC||Downard, GT

publication date

  • February 1999