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Scientists identify new lethal virus in Africa
Breitbart/AP ^ | May 28 08:01 PM US/Eastern | MIKE STOBBE

Posted on 05/29/2009 8:29:44 AM PDT by null and void

By AP Medical Writer 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,

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"This one is really, really aggressive" he said of the virus.

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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.

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TOPICS: Culture/Society
KEYWORDS: arenavirus; lujo; lujv; microbiology; virology
Ebola-like symptoms.

"This one is really, really aggressive"...

1 posted on 05/29/2009 8:29:44 AM PDT by null and void
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To: Mother Abigail; RandallFlagg; Smokin' Joe; Judith Anne; neverdem; EBH; vetvetdoug; Global2010; ...

ping


2 posted on 05/29/2009 8:30:16 AM PDT by null and void (We are now in day 130 of our national holiday from reality.)
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To: null and void

Maybe the nukes should fall in Africa. Ther sure is a lot of sickness coming out of that place.


3 posted on 05/29/2009 8:35:25 AM PDT by devistate one four (Back by popular demand: America love or leave it (GTFOOMC) TET68)
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To: null and void
It shops until you are broke.


4 posted on 05/29/2009 8:35:36 AM PDT by WakeUpAndVote (beef)
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To: null and void
I hope it doesn’t spread here. We have enough trouble dealing with the Obamola virus, and outbreaks of hopeychangeyitis
5 posted on 05/29/2009 8:36:04 AM PDT by skully (EEEWWW!! Who's carbon footprint do I smell ??!!!)
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To: skully

I wonder which is worse - this new virus or Ebola.


6 posted on 05/29/2009 8:36:43 AM PDT by Ev Reeman
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Obama’s fault.


7 posted on 05/29/2009 8:36:55 AM PDT by theDentist (qwerty ergo typo : i type, therefore i misspelll)
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To: null and void
Doesn't the Ebola virus come from prehistoric bat dung and generally occurs around deep digs in largely inhabited area of Africa the the dung finally surfaces after centuries of lying dormant? Is this just from a different animal?
8 posted on 05/29/2009 8:41:32 AM PDT by edcoil (IF CA rolls pollution standards back to 1990 levels, lets roll CA spending back as well.)
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To: Ev Reeman

Hard call. This one seems to be more infectious, but also seems to respond well to antivirals.


9 posted on 05/29/2009 8:43:16 AM PDT by null and void (We are now in day 130 of our national holiday from reality.)
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To: edcoil

Dunno.

and

They think this one comes from rodents.


10 posted on 05/29/2009 8:44:19 AM PDT by null and void (We are now in day 130 of our national holiday from reality.)
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To: WakeUpAndVote

Better that than the Government, State and Localities


11 posted on 05/29/2009 8:45:32 AM PDT by A_Former_Democrat
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To: A_Former_Democrat

Hope the CDC is on this just in case.


12 posted on 05/29/2009 8:57:52 AM PDT by Ev Reeman
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To: Ev Reeman
The Obamola virus is worse. Ebola kills you quicker. The Obamola virus slowly bleeds you dry
13 posted on 05/29/2009 9:08:58 AM PDT by skully (EEEWWW!! Who's carbon footprint do I smell ??!!!)
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To: null and void

thanks, bfl


14 posted on 05/29/2009 9:50:03 AM PDT by neverdem (Xin loi minh oi)
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Genetic Detection and Characterization of Lujo Virus, a New Hemorrhagic Fever–Associated Arenavirus from Southern Africa

Lujo virus (LUJV), a new member of the family Arenaviridae and the first hemorrhagic fever–associated arenavirus from the Old World discovered in three decades, was isolated in South Africa during an outbreak of human disease characterized by nosocomial transmission and an unprecedented high case fatality rate of 80% (4/5 cases). Unbiased pyrosequencing of RNA extracts from serum and tissues of outbreak victims enabled identification and detailed phylogenetic characterization within 72 hours of sample receipt. Full genome analyses of LUJV showed it to be unique and branching off the ancestral node of the Old World arenaviruses. The virus G1 glycoprotein sequence was highly diverse and almost equidistant from that of other Old World and New World arenaviruses, consistent with a potential distinctive receptor tropism. LUJV is a novel, genetically distinct, highly pathogenic arenavirus.

Praise the Lord! Long live diversity! Thank the Lord! The pyrosequencing was not biased. /s

15 posted on 05/29/2009 10:31:12 AM PDT by neverdem (Xin loi minh oi)
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Hard call. This one seems to be more infectious, but also seems to respond well to antivirals.

I don't know... this statement seems to imply that it's not so easily transmitted:

"Investigators believe the virus spread from person to person through contact with infected body fluids."

16 posted on 05/29/2009 10:36:07 AM PDT by Cementjungle
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Just recalling from other outbreaks, ie Angola Marburg, staying away from body fluids is very difficult in African health care. This is due to farming, medical practices and burial practices. Burial practices are almost unbreakable rituals in some areas.

Both Doctors without Borders and the WHO had extreme difficulties protecting their workers, and their patients, not to mention the political situation in many areas.

Chances are we’ll see more of this, but what we hear may not be what is happening.


17 posted on 05/29/2009 2:32:18 PM PDT by Judith Anne
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Ping...(just when you thought it was ‘safe’ to go on safari...) Thanks, nully!


18 posted on 05/29/2009 2:57:39 PM PDT by Smokin' Joe (How often God must weep at humans' folly. Stand fast. God knows what He is doing.)
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To: edcoil

It has been speculated that Ebola/Marburg viruses travel in migratory fruit bat populations, and that either eating the bats, contact with guano, or eating infected primate meat (”bushmeat”), are the transfer links to human populations.


19 posted on 05/29/2009 3:00:41 PM PDT by Smokin' Joe (How often God must weep at humans' folly. Stand fast. God knows what He is doing.)
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To: Judith Anne
Just recalling from other outbreaks, ie Angola Marburg, staying away from body fluids is very difficult in African health care.

To add a tad, for most Americans, "bodily fluids" include mucosal secretions, semen, and blood. For the purposes of transmission of these virii, sweat, feces, dandruff, and even tears should be added.

Between the common medical practice of re-using hypodermic needles, questionable to nonexistent sanitation (open sewers), and burial rites which include physical contact with the corpse by mourners, there is tremendous difficulty and cultural inertial against keeping the outbreaks contained.

20 posted on 05/29/2009 3:07:01 PM PDT by Smokin' Joe (How often God must weep at humans' folly. Stand fast. God knows what He is doing.)
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To: neverdem

Not to worry, only an 80% mortality rate.


21 posted on 05/29/2009 7:17:08 PM PDT by rmlew ( The SAVE and GIVE acts are institutioning Corvee. Where's the outtrage!)
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To: null and void
N-Acetyl-Cysteine — a nutritional supplement available at the health food store, has been shown to prevent or lessen the severity of the virus influenza. I suggest 1200 mg, twice a day for adults, and 600mg twice a day in kids over 12. It would be hard to get kids under 12 to take it, but you could try opening the capsules and putting it on yogurt. For 40 pounds and up, 300-600 mg twice a day, for less than 40 pounds, half that.
Dr. Marcus Gitterle, M.D.

I just got back from a 7 day cruise in the Caribbean ( Jamaica and Grand Carmen Islands and Cozumel (a gift from my Tom for my Birthday) today and I used this as a hedge of protection and I feel fine. Just a suggestion.

22 posted on 05/31/2009 4:42:55 PM PDT by BellStar (John Adams and John Hancock: We Recognize No Sovereign but God, and no King but Jesus! 1775)
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