NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – Researchers in Germany believe they've traced three fatal cases of encephalitis in Germany back to a bornavirus carried by variegated squirrels kept by the affected individuals.

As they reported online today in the New England Journal of Medicine, the investigators identified the bornavirus through metagenomic sequencing on samples from a squirrel that bit or scratched one of the individuals.

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