Mopeia virus-related arenavirus in natal multimammate mice, Morogoro, Tanzania

Stephan Günther*, Guy Hoofd, Remi Charrel, Christina Röser, Beate Becker-Ziaja, Graham Lloyd, Christopher Sabuni, Ron Verhagen, Guido Van Der Groen, Jan Kennis, Abdul Katakweba, Robert Machang'u, Rhodes Makundi, Herwig Leirs

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A serosurvey involving 2,520 small mammals from Tanzania identified a hot spot of arenavirus circulation in Morogoro. Molecular screening detected a new arenavirus in Natal multimammate mice (Mastomys natalensis), Morogoro virus, related to Mopeia virus. Only a small percentage of mice carry Morogoro virus, although a large proportion shows specific antibodies.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2008-2012
Number of pages5
JournalEmerging Infectious Diseases
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2009


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