Rodent-borne hemorrhagic fever viruses: a special risk for mammalogists?

J. E. Childs, J. N. Mills, G. E. Glass

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The rodent-borne hemorrhagic fever viruses in the Arenaviridae and Bunyaviridae are widely distributed on most continents where rodents occur. Their geographic distribution usually exceeds the distribution of the recognized human diseases they cause and has resulted from either natural coevolutionary events or the dissemination of viral passengers traveling with introduced mammalian hosts. Diseases of humans caused by these agents are among the most severe and most frequently fatal of zoonotic diseases. These viruses show remarkable specialization in the limited number of rodent species in which they naturally occur and frequently establish persistent infections in individual hosts that can result in variable effects on growth, reproduction, and survival of hosts. -from Authors

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)664-680
Number of pages17
JournalJournal of mammalogy
Issue number3
StatePublished - 1995
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics
  • Ecology
  • Animal Science and Zoology
  • Genetics
  • Nature and Landscape Conservation


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