Terry Yates - Hantavirus


Residents living in the Four Corners region, which encompasses parts of Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico and Utah, began to experience a mysterious illness in the spring of 1993. The then unknown virus killed 32 people in just a few weeks, and sickened many others. The illness was originally nicknamed "Sin Nombre," after a New Mexican canyon where Spanish settlers massacred Native Americans during the colonial era.

Terry Yates, a professor at the University of New Mexico, joined an interdisciplinary research team charged with finding the source of the mysterious illness by the National Science Foundation. Yates, along with his research assistant, Robert Parmenter, isolated the source of the illness, which became known as the hantavirus, by using animal specimens which he had collected throughout the American Southwest. Yates found that the hantavirus was carried by the deer mouse, a species which had a higher than usual population in early 1993 due to unusually wet weather in the region. The discovery of the hantavirus' origin by Yates has helped to save lives and warn residents about the risks of the disease. The virus has killed more than 125 people between 1993 and 2007.

Yates spent the later years of his life studying the connection between wet weather patterns and deer mice populations.

The National Science Foundation named Yates' discovery of the cause of the hantavirus as one of the top fifty projected funded by the NSF which had the greatest impact on peoples' lives.

Read more about this topic:  Terry Yates

Other articles related to "hantavirus":

Curry Village, California - History - 2012 Hantavirus Outbreak
... Service announced that there were three confirmed cases and one probable case of Hantavirus pulmonary syndrome in visitors who stayed in Signature Tent Cabins in Curry Village ... About 14 percent of Yosemite deer mice carry hantavirus ... State health experts had told Yosemite about the possibility of hantavirus infection in 2010, but Yosemite declined to warn visitors because, according to park ...
Sweating Sickness - Cause
... Noting symptom overlap with hantavirus pulmonary syndrome, several scientists proposed an unknown hantavirus as the cause ... However, infection via human to human contact has been proven in hantavirus outbreaks in Argentina ...
Peromyscus - Vector of Human Disease - Hantavirus
... The deer mouse came to the attention of the public when it was discovered to be the primary reservoir species for deer mice hantavirus. ...
Hantavirus - Vaccine Research
... The Korean Army is one of the largest consumers of the hantavirus vaccine, second only to public health centers ... fever with renal syndrome (HFRS) or hantavirus pulmonary syndrome (HPS) ... Efforts are continuing to develop safe and effective hantavirus vaccines ...