Comments: Probably the primary reservoir for the newly discovered hantavirus, which was responsible for several human deaths in the southwestern U.S. in 1993; infection of humans has been recorded in several states in the western and central U.S.; those in contact with deer mice and other wild rodents should be cautioned about this disease; call the CDC Hantavirus Hotline 1-800-532-9929 for more information (Science 262:832-836; Peromyscus Newsletter, No. 16, September 1993). See also Childs et al. (1995).
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