monkeypox virus in relation to the ecological features surrounding human settlements in bumba zone, zaire.since monkeypox virus was discovered in animals in 1958 and in man in 1971, several efforts have been made to identify the reservoir of the virus in nature. in july 1985 a study on human environments and animals suspected to maintain virus transmission was carried out in northern zaire. the study revealed three well demarcated areas: the human settlement area, the agricultural area and the primary tropical rain forest. the first two were found inhabited by terrestrial and arboreal rodents and ba ...19873037740
the role of squirrels in sustaining monkeypox virus transmission.when the research on the ecology of monkeypox virus entered the latest stage in 1984, three groups of animals were considered priority candidates for maintenance of virus circulations in nature because of their relatively higher population density: terrestrial rodents, squirrels, and gregarious bats. following the isolation of the virus from a wild squirrel in 1985 another survey was carried out in bumba zone of zaïre in january-february 1986, which included collection of animal samples, later o ...19872820094
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