On 4 Jul 1995, Michalel Ostrander wrote:
>... The deer tick (Ixodes) not only carries Lyme disease, but apparently
> also Hanta virus. ...
What is your reference for this statement? According to the CDC info on
Hanta (last updated March 1995):
Ticks, fleas, mosquitos and other biting insects are not known to have a role
in the transmission of hantaviruses. Person-to-person transmission has not
been associated with any of the previously identified hantaviruses or with
the recent outbreak in the Southwest. Cats and dogs are not known to be a
reservoir host of hantaviruses in the United States. However, these domestic
animals may bring infected rodents into contact with humans.
Has this changed or are you confusing the deer tick with the deer mouse
which is the main reservoir for Hanta?
dlynn at asrr.arsusda.gov