Mouse in the House: Deer Mouse and Sin Nombre Virus Dynamics in Montana

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Sin Nombre virus is a strain of Hantavirus that causes the sometimes fatal human illness Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome. The reservoir host of SNV is the deer mouse. Deer mice are found in a wide variety of habitats including peridomestic (in and around buildings) settings. Amy provides an overview of hantaviruses and discusses the research she has been conducting on the SNV/deer mice system since 1995 (in Arizona) and 1999 (in Montana).

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Dr. Amy Kuenzi is a professor in the Biological Sciences Department at Montana Tech. Amy has a B.S. degree from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh, a M.S. degree from the University of Southern Mississippi, and a PhD in Wildlife and Fisheries Science from the University of Arizona. She has been at Tech for fifteen years. Her research focuses on the ecology of small mammals with particular emphasis on deer mice and bats.