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Virus Genes. 1995;10(3):277-81.

Genetic characterization of a new hantavirus detected in Microtus arvalis from Slovakia.

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Institute of Medical Virology, Charité Medical School, Humboldt University, Berlin, Germany.


A new hantavirus, called Malacky, has been identified in lung tissue specimens of a vole, Microtus arvalis, by the reverse transcriptase polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR). The voles were trapped in a geographical area in Slovakia where hemorrhagic fever with renal syndrome (HFRS) is endemic in the human population. Sequence analysis of a major part of the S segment showed this virus to represent a new subtype within Tula, a new hantavirus genetic group defined very recently.

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