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Emerg Infect Dis. 2006 Dec;12(12):1971-4.

Mastomys natalensis and Lassa fever, West Africa.

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Philipps University Institute of Virology, Marburg, Germany. emilie.lecompte@hotmail.fr

Abstract

PCR screening of 1,482 murid rodents from 13 genera caught in 18 different localities of Guinea, West Africa, showed Lassa virus infection only in molecularly typed Mastomys natalensis. Distribution of this rodent and relative abundance compared with M. erythroleucus correlates geographically with Lassa virus seroprevalence in humans.

PMID:
17326956
PMCID:
PMC3291371
DOI:
10.3201/eid1212.060812
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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