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March 22, 1995

Control of Hantavirus in the West

Author Affiliations

Oregon Health Sciences University Portland

JAMA. 1995;273(12):919-920. doi:10.1001/jama.1995.03520360033030

To the Editor.  —The recognition of Hantavirus as a "new" zoonosis threat in North America poses challenges to infectious disease experts, epidemiologists, laboratory personnel, and practitioners alike. Scientific publications emanating from a number of disciplines, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC),1-3 the Wilderness Medical Society,4 and the US Department of Agriculture (USDA),5 have addressed issues of surveillance, applied research, prevention, clinical presentation, and control. In addition, presentations of the CDC have shed new light on an infectious disease that is well known on other continents, yet was unrecognized in the United States until 1993 when a cluster of precipitous deaths in New Mexico, including those of two prominent athletes, prompted a major epidemiologic investigation.An enhanced awareness of the potential value of ecological vector control has still to be incorporated into the dialogue. Although the deer mouse, Peromyscus maniculatus, has been determined to be

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