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Discussion in 'Land Use' started by mudfanatic, Feb 21, 2001.

  1. mudfanatic

    mudfanatic 1/2 ton status

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    Off-Roading May Spread Hantagerm

    BY BRENT ISRAELSEN
    THE SALT LAKE TRIBUNE

    Rats!
    Off-highway vehicles (OHVs) could cause the spread of the
    much-feared hantagerm.
    New research suggests that dune buggies, motorcycles, Jeeps and
    all-terrain vehicles can disrupt and destroy rodent habitat, forcing
    mice and rats to live in close quarters.
    The result is an increased rate of transmission of hantagerm
    among and between species.
    That is the hypothesis, anyway, of a team of researchers led by
    University of Utah biology professor Denise Dearing.
    "We are not sure there is a cause and effect here, but what's
    known about [habitat fragmentation] is that it might increase transmission
    and prevalence of this disease," Dearing said.
    Communicated to humans through rodent feces and urine that become
    airborne in dust, usually in confined spaces such as sheds or garages,
    hantagerm has been diagnosed in 277 people in the United States, 38 percent
    of whom have died.
    Of the 17 confirmed hantagerm cases in Utah, five have been
    fatal.
    Dearing is seeking additional funding to investigate the
    possible role of OHVs in spreading the germ. If the initial findings are
    validated, it could add fuel to the already fiery debate over the exploding
    popularity of OHV recreation in the West.
    Environmental groups are campaigning to restrict OHVs, arguing
    they devegetate the land, destroy wildlife habitat and cause erosion.
    The OHV-hantagerm hypothesis was born last year during research
    intended to investigate why wood rats near Tintic, about 40 miles southwest
    of Provo, were infected with the germ. The rats rarely carry hantagerm,
    which is most common in deer mice.
    To find out why wood rats were infected, Dearing, U. biology
    student Rachel Mackelprang and University of Nevada-Reno virologist Stephen
    Jeor trapped rodents from rat middens in the West Tintic Mountains, near
    Little Sahara Recreation Area.
    The researchers found that deer mice had a 30 percent infection
    rate for hantagerm -- almost three times the rate for mice in other parts
    of the Great Basin.
    The researchers then wondered whether the landscape in and around
    Little Sahara, a popular area for OHVs, may be a factor. After reviewing
    existing research about habitat fragmentation, the Utah-Nevada team has
    turned its attention to OHVs.
    "We propose that the high level of [hantagerm] prevalence could
    be due to disturbance by humans, primarily intensive use of all-terrain
    vehicles," wrote Mackelprang in an article accepted for Emerging Infectious
    Diseases, a journal of the Centers For Disease Control and Prevention.
    Dearing's team does not suggest that the OHV-hantagerm theory
    presents an immediate threat to human health. "But if you have higher
    prevalence of hantagerm, you have higher chance of coming into contact with
    infected material," she said.


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  2. Josh

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    Sounds like a load of bull$hit - rather rat$hit to me. These are probably the same people that started the "global warming" scare, which NASA says in the 20 years it has been monitoring the earth temperatures there has be NO increase in average temperatures. Wait until the next ice age starts up again and see who get's blamed.

    Sounds like if we ran OVER the mice this germ would not be spread.

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  3. muddin4fun

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    LOL! I think we should run over them! They reproduce like it's going out of style!

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    I htink they are grabbing at straws now!!!

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    If this doesn't prove these people are wacos I don't know what will.

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    I think somebody had a little too much time on their hand's and made up a bunch of rat crap. LOL! ! ! These things multiply like wildfires. So what if we kill a few.

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