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2010-11-17 22:10:15

Scientists at Emory University and the University of St. Andrews have solved the structure of a key protein from Lassa virus, which is endemic to West Africa and can cause a deadly hemorrhagic fever. The structure reveals how the virus evades its host's immune system, and how it hijacks infected cells' vital machinery in a process scientists call "cap-stealing." Details of the structure could guide future efforts at antiviral drug discovery and vaccine development. The results are published...

2009-06-04 16:28:02

U.S. medical scientists have determined a new arenavirus is the cause of a hemorrhagic fever outbreak in South Africa and Zambia. Scientists from Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health, the South African National Institute for Communicable Diseases, the U.S. National Health Laboratory Service, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and Roche's 454 Life Sciences Corp. discovered the new virus that was responsible for the late 2008 hemorrhagic fever outbreak....

2009-06-02 14:51:33

Scientists at Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health, the South African National Institute for Communicable Diseases of National Health Laboratory Service (NICD-NHLS), the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and Roche's 454 Life Sciences Corporation have discovered the new virus responsible for a highly fatal hemorrhagic fever outbreak in Zambia and South Africa in late 2008. It is the first new hemorrhagic fever-associated arenavirus from Africa identified in...

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2009-05-29 10:54:18

A new deadly virus has been discovered in Africa, scientists report. The "Lujo" virus has been found in five people in Zambia and South Africa. Of the five people infected, only one survived. Researchers attribute the survival to medicine received. "This one is really, really aggressive," Dr. Ian Lipkin, a Columbia University epidemiologist who helped discover the virus, told the Associated Press. Lipkin and colleagues reported on the virus in the online edition of PLoS Pathogens. The first...

2005-06-28 13:14:28

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A genetically engineered virus may offer the first effective vaccine against Lassa fever, a sometimes deadly hemorrhagic fever common in West Africa, U.S. and Canadian scientists said on Monday. The vaccine successfully protected four monkeys against Lassa, a virus that sometimes causes high fever, internal bleeding and which kills at least 5,000 people a year. "This is the first vaccine platform shown to completely protect nonhuman primates from Lassa virus," said...


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