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Filoviruses 

Filoviruses
Chapter:
Filoviruses
Author(s):

J. ter Meulen

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780199204854.003.070518_update_001

Update:

Virus—Lloviu virus, new filovirus from bat Miniopterus schreibersii in Spain.

Pathogenesis—role of host genetics and cytokines.

Updated on 31 May 2012. The previous version of this content can be found here.
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date: 17 October 2017

Filoviruses are large RNA viruses, of which Ebola virus and Marburg virus cause the most severe forms of viral haemorrhagic fever and have been best-studied because of fear of their misuse as bioterrorism agents. These are zoonotic viruses with reservoirs, most likely fruit-eating bats, in the rainforests of tropical Africa, where they cause sporadic infections and outbreaks among great apes and humans....

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