The scientists dedicated four years to decoding the genetic makeup of the white-footed mouse
Peromyscus leucopus, which harbors the Lyme disease-causing bacteria.
In the United States, New York orthohantavirus (NYV) is carried by the white-footed mouse
Other small scavengers that frequented the ARF included Virginia opossum (Didelphis virginiana), brown rat (Rattus norvegicus), and white-footed mouse
The white-footed mouse
(Peromyscus leucopus) is a forest habitat generalist that occurs in abundance within fragmented woodlots (forest patches) throughout the eastern United States (Nupp and Swihart, 1996; Wilder and Meikle, 2005a).
The team has been studying two similar species -the deer mouse and the white-footed mouse
- for a decade at McGill University's Gault Nature Reserve in MontAaAaAeA@rAaAaAeA@gie, Can
SPECIES LOCATION HABITAT Deer Mouse North America Woodlands, Deserts, High Elevations White-Footed Mouse
Eastern United States Woody or Brushy Areas, Mixed Forests & Edge of Agricultural Fields Cotton Rat Southeastern United States Overgrown Shrubs, Tall Grasses Rice Rat Southeastern United States Semi-Aquatic
One arm of their research has taken them to the lab, where they have modeled coinfection and transmission of Borrelia burgdorferi and Babesia microti from their reservoir host, the white-footed mouse
(Peromyscus leucopus), to the vector, the deer tick (Ixodes scapularis), which can transmit both diseases to humans.
A white-footed mouse
also has a white underbelly, and its feet are white too.
Botfly parasitism in the brush mouse and white-footed mouse
in the Ozarks.
Ostfeld's work shows that the white-footed mouse
, a powerful amplifier of Lyme disease risk, persists in small fragments of forest after other species disappear.
Forest fragmentation--when rests are cut down in such way that only small parcels are left intact--leads to a higher incidence of Lyme disease according to a study published in the journal Conservation Biology, The white-footed mouse
is one of the prime carriers of Lyme disease.
"The White-Footed Mouse
" is a beautifully illustrated story about a little mouse found by a boy at a hunting camp cabin with high in the New Hampshire mountains.