neotomae, isolated in 1957 from wood rats
(Neotoma lepida) in North America (2), has been considered nonzoonotic (3).
He collected over 386 specimens using 2 collection methods: wood rat
dwelling inspection and black light trapping.
In January of 2001, a farmer in Bedias, Texas, (eastern central Texas) found an eastern wood rat
(Neotoma floridana) in a hay barn.
densities in southern California manzanita, chaparral.
The presence of these nymphs is considered accidental, presumably having arrived at the nests in the material carried by the wood rat
to build the cover.
In the region of northern Texas, doctors suspect that the process leading to human infection begins when a sand fly bites a rodent called the burrowing wood rat
, which carries the parasite.
pestis in a dead wood rat
and fleas collected in July 2002 on their New Mexico property.
Seven types of rodent species were located in these sites: deer mouse, wood rat
, spiny mouse, kangaroo rat, cotton rat, harvest mouse, and pygmy mouse.
Now a wood rat
peeks from the messy den it's built beneath the spiny pads of a prickly pear.
By tapping on the can with a stick, we determined that it held a pack rat (scientific name: Neotoma cinera, also known as a wood rat
or trade rat) almost as large as a cat.
When wood rat
populations surge, losses can be severe.
This implication contrasts with the role of some rodent reservoirs such as the dusky-footed wood rat
(Neotoma fuscipes) in the United States, which can remain PCR-positive for more than 1 year and act as an overwinter reservoir of infection (33,34).