Tacaribe virus causes fatal infection of an ostensible reservoir host, the Jamaican fruit bat.

@article{CogswellHawkinson2012TacaribeVC,
  title={Tacaribe virus causes fatal infection of an ostensible reservoir host, the Jamaican fruit bat.},
  author={Ann C. Cogswell-Hawkinson and Richard Strong Bowen and Stephanie I. James and David R. Gardiner and Charles H Calisher and Rick A. Adams and Tony Schountz},
  journal={Journal of virology},
  year={2012},
  volume={86 10},
  pages={5791-9}
}
Tacaribe virus (TCRV) was first isolated from 11 Artibeus species bats captured in Trinidad in the 1950s during a rabies virus surveillance program. Despite significant effort, no evidence of infection of other mammals, mostly rodents, was found, suggesting that no other vertebrates harbored TCRV. For this reason, it was hypothesized that TCRV was naturally hosted by artibeus bats. This is in stark contrast to other arenaviruses with known hosts, all of which are rodents. To examine this… CONTINUE READING

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