In 86% of the naturally occurring incidents, the victims were deer mice, mice or rats (family Cricetidae
Several other hantavirus strains have been identified in other species of mice in the family Cricetidae
, but pathogenicity of these strains to humans remains unresolved (4,5).
The species Rheomys mexicanus belongs to the family Cricetidae
. It is a rare, small, semiaquatic mammal endemic to Oaxaca, Mexico.
All hantaviruses that cause HPS are hosted by rodents of the family Cricetidae
. In general, each hantavirus is associated with a different rodent species or subspecies.
The ground squirrel, Spermophilus xanthoprymnus, is a terrestrial diurnal rodent; an excellent hibernator of the family Cricetidae
. Bennet first described S.
Five members of the family Cricetidae
were captured throughout the sampling period.
Three genera in the family Heteromyidae and 10 genera within two subfamilies (one in Sigmodontinae, nine in Neotominae) of the family Cricetidae
Results showed that rodent assemblages in dense ungrazed grasslands were dominated by species in the family Cricetidae
, especially in the genera Baiomys (pygmy mice), Reithrodontomys (harvest mice) and Sigmodon (cotton rats).
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.
A recent analysis of DNA sequences of hamsters, in the rodent subfamily Cricetinae (family Cricetidae
, superfamily Muroidea), generated a significant phylogenetic restructuring among the genera Tscherkia, Cricetus, Allocricetulus and Cricetulus.
Fossorial rodents are represented in the cold deserts of South America by the tuco-tuco (Ctenomys, family Ctenomyidae); in North America by the pocket gophers (Geomyidae); and in the cold Asiatic deserts and subdeserts by the mole-voles (Ellobius, family Cricetidae
**) and the mole-rat (Spalax giganteus, family Spalacidae **).
Hantavirus pulmonary syndrome is an emerging infectious disease caused by New World hantaviruses (family Hantaviridae) and transmitted by rodents of the family Cricetidae