Monkey model of Hantavirus opens new research opportunities

May 13, 2014

Hantavirus season is here and health officials are warning people to take precautions to guard against the virus that can lead to fatigue, aches and eventually progress to coughing,   shortness of breath and in some cases - death.

Sin Nombre virus particle emerges from a cell.
Credit NIAID

National Institutes of Health researchers have developed an important animal model of human hantavirus pulmonary syndrome that may - one day - lead to treatments, vaccines and improve diagnosis methods.

This study was conducted by researchers at N-I-H's National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
Edward O'Brien has more with Rocky Mountain Laboratory's staff scientist and lead study author, Dave Safronetz: