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Mastomys natalensis and Lassa Fever, West Africa

By Emilie Lecompte, Elisabeth Fichet-Calvet, Stéphane Daffis, Kékoura Koulémou, Oumar Sylla, Fodé Kourouma, Amadou Doré, Barré Soropogui, Vladimir Aniskin, Bernard Allali, Stéphane Kouassi Kan, Aude Lalis, Lamine Koivogui, Stephan Günther, Christiane Denys and Jan ter Meulen

Abstract

PCR screening of 1,482 murid rodents from 13 genera caught in 18 different localities of Guinea, West Africa, showed Lassa virus infection only in molecularly typed Mastomys natalensis. Distribution of this rodent and relative abundance compared with M. erythroleucus correlates geographically with Lassa virus seroprevalence in humans

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