Biology:El Moro Canyon orthohantavirus

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El Moro Canyon orthohantavirus
Virus classification e
(unranked): Virus
Realm: Riboviria
Kingdom: Orthornavirae
Phylum: Negarnaviricota
Class: Ellioviricetes
Order: Bunyavirales
Family: Hantaviridae
Genus: Orthohantavirus
El Moro Canyon orthohantavirus
  • Carrizal virus
  • El Moro Canyon virus
  • Huitzilac virus
  • El Moro Canyon hantavirus
  • El Moro Canyon virus

El Moro Canyon orthohantavirus is a single-stranded, negative sense RNA virus of the genus Orthohantavirus. It is a causative agent of Hantavirus pulmonary syndrome.[3]

Natural reservoir

El Moro Canyon virus was isolated from western harvest mice (Reithrodontomys megalotis), in El Moro Canyon in southeastern Colorado in 1995.

Carrizal virus and Huitzilac virus, two additional strains, were first identified in Mexican wild rodents located in Morelos and Guerrero, Mexico.[4]


  1. Briese, Thomas (21 September 2016). "In the genus Hantavirus (proposed family Hantaviridae, proposed order Bunyavirales), create 24 new species, abolish 7 species, change the demarcation criteria, and change the name of the genus to Orthohantavirus; likewise, rename its constituent species." (in en). Retrieved 24 July 2020. 
  2. Briese, Thomas (15 June 2015). "Implementation of non-Latinized binomial species names in the family Bunyaviridae" (in en). Retrieved 8 March 2019. 
  3. Calisher CH, Root JJ, Mills JN, Rowe JE, Reeder SA, Jentes ES, Wagoner K, Beaty BJ. Epizootiology of Sin Nombre and El Moro Canyon hantaviruses, southeastern Colorado, 1995–2000. J Wildl Dis. 2005 Jan;41(1):1–11.
  4. "Ecology of hantaviruses in Mexico: genetic identification of rodent host species and spillover infection". Virus Res. 168 (1–2): 88–96. 2012. doi:10.1016/j.virusres.2012.06.020. PMID 22750131. 

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