We can add squirrels to the list of animals like cows, monkeys and chickens that can pass along fatal diseases to humans.
The mysterious deaths of three German men who worked with variegated squirrels has been blamed on a virus that jumped from the squirrels!
The rare Central American variegated squirrel was being bred by the men who died a few months after showing symptoms, including fever and weakness that eventually led to inflammation of the brain.
The latest cross-species bonavirus is being reported by LiveScience.
The good news is that the type of squire is rare and located in Central America so we do not have to fear a major squirrel -borne outbreak in these parts and the virus does not appear to be spread by human to human contact