d hayman writes re hantavirus:
>Is there any evidence suggesting the agent is restricted to warmer areas?
I'm not an epidemiologist, but I don't thinlk there's any evidence to that
effect. The Four Corners area, where HPS (Hantavirus pulmonary syndrome)
broke out in 1993, is cold as hell in the winter. The northernmost case I
know of was in North Dakota in 1993. That said, it does seem to break out
more often during the summer months.
For the No. Dakota case see: "Hantavirus-Associated Illness-North Dakota,
1993" Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (CDC) 1993, 42:707. Also see
"Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome, " MMWR 1993; 42: 816-20.
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