Eastern spiny mice (Acomys dimidiatus; also known as Sinai spiny mice) have been extensively studied in terms of the influence of parasite load on population size and reproductive fitness. The physical isolation of these rodent populations makes them interesting models for disease interactions in a real-life population as opposed to a laboratory. We identify betaherpesvirus sequences in eastern spiny mice and Wagner’s dipodils (Dipodillus dasyurus), species that inhabit dry montane wadis (dry creek valleys) of the Sinai, highlighting the need for a comprehensive analysis of the full pathogen repertoire of these rodents in long-term studies.
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Vol. 47 • No. 4