Published in Vaccine Weekly, June 1st, 1998
Particularly disturbing is the finding that record numbers of mice are carrying the Sin Nombre ("No Name") strain of the virus that in the past has killed 50 percent of infected humans.
A Science news article (Science, 1998;280:993) reports that researchers at the University of New Mexico have found that the population of deer mice is 10 times normal. While 6 to 10 percent of mice usually carry hantavirus, virologist Brian Hjelle found that seven of 30 mice tested - 23 percent - carried the infection.
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