Hantavirus in northern short-tailed shrew, United States

Emerg Infect Dis. 2007 Sep;13(9):1420-3. doi: 10.3201/eid1309.070484.


Phylogenetic analyses, based on partial medium- and large-segment sequences, support an ancient evolutionary origin of a genetically distinct hantavirus detected by reverse transcription-PCR in tissues of northern short-tailed shrews (Blarina brevicauda) captured in Minnesota in August 1998. To our knowledge, this is the first evidence of hantaviruses harbored by shrews in the Americas.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Orthohantavirus / classification
  • Orthohantavirus / genetics
  • Orthohantavirus / isolation & purification*
  • Phylogeny
  • Shrews / virology*
  • United States