Authored by: Randal J. Schoepp , Gene G. Olinger

Manual of Security Sensitive Microbes and Toxins

Print publication date:  April  2014
Online publication date:  April  2014

Print ISBN: 9781466553965
eBook ISBN: 9781466553989
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Filoviruses, specifically the marburgviruses and ebolaviruses, cause hemorrhagic fevers with significant mortality in humans in sub-Saharan Africa. Outside of Africa, the viruses are less of a medical concern, but the potential for utilizing these viruses in biowarfare or bioterrorism has heightened the interests in understanding the viruses, the disease they cause, and its prevention. In developed countries, the dramatic disease and high lethality of filoviruses with the serious social consequences of the ensuing anxiety and panic of an outbreak makes these viruses a major public health priority. Given the very rapid spread of the disease and the lack of a vaccine or effective therapy, the only medical countermeasures remain the prevention and rapid control of outbreaks.

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