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...Genetically, BASV bears more resemblance to rabies viruses, which cause a different type of infection, a neurological illness that can take months to develop but invariably kills, explains Chiu. The virus belongs, like rabies, to a family called the rhabdoviruses...."it is very different from any other rhabdovirus," write the authors. No other rhabdovirus is known to cause the acute, rapid and deadly hemorrhagic fever...
Originally posted by darknull
That combo kinda makes it sound like the rage virus. I can imagine it now Africans suddenly very aggressive and have blood pouring out of them if it evolves who knows. Zombie attack round what is it now 2 or 3 lol.
Based on our findings, some speculations on the origin of and routes of transmission for BASV can be made. All 3 patients became ill with acute hemorrhagic fever over a 3-week period within the same 2500-m2 area of Mangala village, suggesting that all 3 cases were infected with the same pathogen. Waterborne or airborne transmission would be expected to result in more numerous cases than the 3 reported. There were no reports of animal die-offs that would suggest potential exposures to infected wild animals or livestock. Taken together, these observations suggest that an unknown arthropod vector could be a plausible source of infection by BASV.
Although we cannot exclude the possibility of independent arthropod-borne transmission events, our epidemiologic and serologic data do suggest the potential for limited human-to-human transmission of BASV. Patient 3, a nurse, had directly taken care of Patients 1 and 2 at the health center, and another nurse (Contact 5), who had taken care of Patient 3 (but not Patients 1 or 2) had serologic evidence of asymptomatic BASV infection. We present a hypothetical model for BASV transmission during the hemorrhagic fever outbreak in which the initial infection of two children in Mangala (Patients 1 and 2) was followed by successive human-to-human transmission events involving two healthcare workers (Patient 3 and Contact 5). This pattern of transmission from the community to health care workers is also commonly seen in association with outbreaks of Ebola and Crimean-Congo hemorrhagic fever