Human Infections by Non-Rodent-Associated Hantaviruses in Africa

J Infect Dis. 2016 Nov 15;214(10):1507-1511. doi: 10.1093/infdis/jiw401. Epub 2016 Sep 6.


Various hantaviruses have been discovered in unconventional hosts (shrews and bats) in Africa. Up to now, it was unknown whether these viruses pose a threat for human health. In this study, using newly established serological assays, we demonstrated evidence of shrew-borne hantavirus infections in humans from Côte d'Ivoire and Gabon.

Keywords: Africa; hantavirus; hemorrhagic fever with renal syndrome; serology; shrews; zoonoses.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Antibodies, Viral / blood*
  • Cote d'Ivoire / epidemiology
  • Gabon / epidemiology
  • Hantavirus Infections / epidemiology*
  • Hantavirus Infections / virology*
  • Humans
  • Orthohantavirus / immunology*
  • Seroepidemiologic Studies


  • Antibodies, Viral