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New Virus: killed 4/5 infected

Scientists identify new lethal virus in Africa
By MIKE STOBBE – 2 hours ago
ATLANTA (AP) — Scientists have identified a lethal new virus in Africa that causes bleeding like the dreaded Ebola virus. The so-called "Lujo" virus infected five people in Zambia and South Africa last fall. Four of them died, but a fifth survived, perhaps helped by a medicine recommended by the scientists.
It's not clear how the first person became infected, but the bug comes from a family of viruses found in rodents, said Dr. Ian Lipkin, a Columbia University epidemiologist involved in the discovery.
"This one is really, really aggressive" he said of the virus.
A paper on the virus by Lipkin and his collaborators was published online Thursday on in PLoS Pathogens.
The outbreak started in September, when a female travel agent who lives on the outskirts of Lusaka, Zambia, became ill with a fever-like illness that quickly grew much worse.
She was airlifted to Johannesburg, South Africa, where she died.
A paramedic in Lusaka who treated her also became sick, was transported to Johannesburg and died. The three others infected were health care workers in Johannesburg.
Investigators believe the virus spread from person to person through contact with infected body fluids.
"It's not a kind of virus like the flu that can spread widely," said Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, which helped fund the research.
The name given to the virus — "Lujo" — stems from Lusaka and Johannesburg, the cities where it was first identified.
Investigators in Africa thought the illness might be Ebola, because some of the patients had bleeding in the gums and around needle injection sites, said Stuart Nichol, chief of the molecular biology lab in the CDC's Special Pathogens Branch. Other symptoms include include fever, shock, coma and organ failure.
Genetic extracts of blood and liver from the victims were tested at Columbia University in New York, and additional testing was done at CDC in Atlanta. Tests determined it belonged to the arenavirus family, and that it is distantly related to Lassa fever, another disease found in Africa.
The drug ribavirin, which is given to Lassa victims, was given to the fifth Lujo virus patient — a Johannesburg nurse. It's not clear if the medicine made a difference or if she just had a milder case of the disease, but she fully recovered, Nichol said.
The research is a startling example of how quickly scientists can now identify new viruses, Fauci said. Using genetic sequencing techniques, the virus was identified in a matter of a few days — a process that used to take weeks or longer.
Along with Fauci's institute, the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute and Google also helped fund the research.
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PLoS Pathogens: Genetic Detection and Characterization of Lujo Virus, a New Hemorrhagic Fever?Associated Arenavirus from Southern Africa Pathogens: PLoS Pathogens: A Peer-Reviewed Open-Access Journal

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First monkeys.... Now Rodents...

And they said black men were hung like a horse! Ha!
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Not a good sign. We don't need any more ebola type viruses wandering through. With all the offshored materials now, we are getting shipping container after shipping container from everywhere. The propagation of these once very rare and isolated incidences will worsen as time goes by.

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Nasty stuff. I am just getting over a staph infection from five weeks ago, common bacteria that are all over skin (non MRSA, thank God). Three days in the hospital, 102.5 fever, accompanied by bronchitis and what seemed like a fatal cough. There is a war out there with the bugs and the bugs are winning too often.

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Swine flu as a "test project" and this shit as a "real one"?

Conspiracy theorists must be full of joy by now.

Let's monitor the development.
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Nasty stuff. I am just getting over a staph infection from five weeks ago, common bacteria that are all over skin (non MRSA, thank God). Three days in the hospital, 102.5 fever, accompanied by bronchitis and what seemed like a fatal cough. There is a war out there with the bugs and the bugs are winning too often.
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Nasty stuff. I am just getting over a staph infection from five weeks ago, common bacteria that are all over skin (non MRSA, thank God). Three days in the hospital, 102.5 fever, accompanied by bronchitis and what seemed like a fatal cough. There is a war out there with the bugs and the bugs are winning too often.
And people who insist on antibiotic shots for viruses are causing these deadly strains of bacteria. All it takes is for one single bacteria to survive an antibiotic attack and it will have built a resistance to that antibiotic.

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