Three genera in the family Heteromyidae and 10 genera within two subfamilies (one in Sigmodontinae, nine in Neotominae) of the family Cricetidae
The subfamily Cricetinae (family Cricetidae
, superfamily Muroidea) consists of the group of rodents commonly referred to as hamsters.
To investigate whether small mammals, especially bicolored white-toothed shrews (Crocidura leucodon), which act as BDV reservoirs in Switzerland (1,2), harbor BDV in diseaseendemic areas in Bavaria, Germany, we screened 120 small mammals (53 from the family Cricetidae
, 41 from the family Muridae, and 26 from the family Soricidae) (Table).
The muskrat (Ondatra zibethicus) is a semi-aquatic rodent belonging to the order Rodentia and family Cricetidae
native to North America, but in the 20th century it was introduced to Europe and Asia from Canada.
HPS is associated with American wild rodents of the family Cricetidae
The family Cricetidae
(mice) is represented in the fossil record by the late Eocene of China and the early Oligocene of North America (Carroll, 1988).
To the Editor: Hantaviruses (family Bunyaviridae) are transmitted to humans by inhalation of aerosolized virus in contaminated urine and feces, mainly from rodents of the families Cricetidae
Because mice and voles (family Cricetidae
, including Peromyscus spp.
Hantavirus pulmonary syndrome (HPS) is a potentially fatal zoonosis caused by hantaviruses (family Bunyaviridae, genus Hantavirus) that are principally associated with members of the rodent family Cricetidae
, more specifically, members of the subfamily Neotominae or Sigmodontinae (1,2).
Specific members of the rodent family Cricetidae
(8) are the principal hosts of the Tacaribe serocomplex viruses for which natural host relationships have been well characterized.
Hantaviruses that occur in the Americas, some of which can infect humans, generally are associated with a single reservoir species in the family Cricetidae
(Mills et al.