MSB Mammal Division
Hantavirus Research Group
Research into emerging viruses is a new and breaking field. Rather than
concentrating on particular aspects (such as epidemiology, etiology, or
such) the work being undertaken at the University of New Mexico is of
an integrative nature in that it begins with basic ecological research
of the vector organisms, infection rates among vectors, climatic
factors affecting resource availability in rodent hosts, and even to
predictive models of future outbreak scenarios, using a multivariate
analysis of past outbreaks (including the initial 1993 episode) to
understand the underlying mechanisms involved in epizoonoses.
This research is being undertaken in cooperation with the National
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC),
the National Institutes of Health (NIH),
and Colorado State University.
Our long-term research in the southwestern U.S. focuses primarily
on Sin Nombre Virus, which is carried by the deer mouse (Peromyscus
maniculatus) and causes Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome (HPS).
distribution of the deer mouse and SNV cases. We are currently
in the seventh year of long-term research being conducted at sites
in New Mexico, Arizona, and Colorado.
In addition to our U.S. research, we are also involved in both short and long-term
projects focusing on
hantaviruses and arenaviruses in Central
and South America. View new world Hantaviruses.
In association with our emerging virus work, the Division of Mammals
and Division of Genomic
Resources of the Museum of Southwestern Biology serve as a
repository for mammal voucher specimens and tissue samples collected by
the CDC and various Departments of Health during disease outbreak
investigations in the U.S. and worldwide.
Selected Hantavirus Publications